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The job was seasonal and allowed him to do a good deal of reading in the British Museum. At the age of twenty he became a full-fledged journalist, working for three papers in succession. In the next four or five years he acquired the reputation of being the fastest and most accurate parliamentary reporter in London. The value of this period was that Dickens gained a sound, first-hand knowledge of London and the provinces. In December, 1833, Dickens began to publish sketches of London and its inhabitants in the Monthly Magazine.
Gaspard, whose child was run down by the Marquis, murdered the Marquis for revenge and went into hiding for several months. Eventually he was captured, jailed, and hanged, and his corpse was left dangling by the village fountain, his very shadow poisoning the water and the town. An initiate in the Jacquerie, the road mender is taken to Versailles one day, where he cheers the lords and ladies. Defarge approves of this because it will serve to make the courtiers more arrogant, which in turn will bring about their speedier destruction.
The family moved into the shabby suburb of Camden Town, and Dickens was taken out of school and set to menial jobs about the household. In time, to help augment the family income, Dickens was given a job in a blacking factory among rough companions. At the same time his father was imprisoned for debt, but was released three months later by a small legacy. Dickens related to his friend, John Forster, long afterward, that he felt a deep sense of abandonment at this time; the major themes of his novels can be traced to this period.