Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Short Story: The Baron of Grogzwig by Charles Dickens

I fancied a humorous tale for this week's Wednesday short story, hosted by Bread Crumb Reads, so took myself off to my favourite short story website to see what might suit. In amongst their classic stories was this, by Charles Dickens (who I haven't read since school!), so I thought I'd give it a try.

The Baron of Grogzwig is a young and thrusting young man-about-castle, who decides he'd like to get himself a wife. He finds one he fancies and succeeds in sweeping her off to be wed. However, as the years pass and his family grows ever larger, his wife begins to curtail all the baron's pleasures and keep him firmly under her thumb, with a little help from her mother. On reaching the ripe old age of forty eight, the baron decides to take drastic action.

This was an very silly little story which is supposed to be uplifting for those who find themselves in extremis. If it weren't for the subject matter towards the end, I'd say this was written for children, but on reflection I think that's probably unlikely. Still, this is Dickens, after all, so even though it's silly fluff, at least it's well-written fluff!

If you'd like to be diverted for ten minutes, you can find the story here.


  1. Very amusing! I especially enjoyed the whole passage on 'pedigree'!:D....I must say, though, that the end was rather tame.

  2. I'm not a Dickens fan but this was fun to read!

  3. It may sound unbelievable, but I have never read Dickens, not even in school. I am going to read The Tale of Two Cities sometime soon, but a short story (or, like you called it, well written albeit slightly silly fluff) somehow sounds like a better start!

  4. Charles Dickens is one of my favourite authors..try and read Great expectations

  5. Charles Dickens is one of my favourite authors..try and read Great expectations