Unfortunately, we weren’t able to visit Spitalfields Market, which would have given us more of a visual representation of where Arthur Morrison drew his inspiration. We look forward to visiting on Thursday to get more information on the area. As for The Royal Botanic Gardens, the landscape was one to remember.
As we entered the garden, we were greeted by beautiful hues of violet and yellow flowers. As we dove further into the gardens, we approached a beautiful body of water, located in the center of a plant observatory, Palm House and Kew Mansion. The plant observatory was nothing short of amazing. As we entered the doors, we were shocked to feel the cold temperature transform into a humid, rain-forest like atmosphere. It felt as if we had entered an entirely new world.
Throughout our readings of Dickens, we encountered this romanticized idea of the country. Dickens’ rhetoric of the country in Oliver Twist makes it sound almost paradise-like.Keeping Dickens’ history in mind, The Kew Gardens remind us of the beauty and goodness that can still be found in Victorian London. For Oliver, London was Kew Gardens, with his young, innocent mind, providing a veil for the real world he soon encounters.