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Literary evolution (2): the prostitute meets her clients We have already glimpsed this second ideologeme at its Dickensian origin - the stationer's daughter in "Shops and Their Tenants" of late 1834, a victim of "the miserable market" for stationers' goods, and soon to become a victim of the same kind of market for women's bodies. The first mention of a sketch featuring this character dates from the dawn of Dickens's success: his response to Macrone's 1835 offer to publish a collection of his sketches, in which he assured Macrone that he had an abundance of materials for the project, including a paper called "The Hospital" (PL 1: 81-4).

The periodical in which the sketch appeared, the Carlton Chronicle, itself marks an episode in Dickens's incessant campaign to conquer new readers, whatever their class or politics. Though Dickens's former employer, the Morning Chronicle's John Black, was known for his Whiggism, the Carlton's editorial policy was "to combine politics with literature, and aspire to be at once a vehicle of sound Conservative doctrines in the one, and fair critical opinions in the other"; more to the point, as Dickens noted, its fashionable readers could afford a book costing a guinea or more.

Such was the implicit topic, for example, at an October 1843 meeting of literary luminaries at the just-completed Free Trade Hall, Manchester, with speeches by Richard Cobden and Benjamin Disraeli among others, several thousand in the audience, and Charles Dickens presiding. The purpose of the occasion's "brilliant assemblage of beauty and fashion" was the raising of funds for the Athenaeum, a philanthropic and educational organization conceived by Cobden and others in 1835 as the middle-class counterpart to the fashionable Royal Manchester Institution and the working-class Mechanics Institution, but struggling by 1842 with lackluster membership and attendance as well as a heavy mortgage on its recently completed headquarters.

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