Now, we need to refresh ourselves about the writer's life.
Charles Dickens lived from 1812 - 1870.
Charles Dickens made a great contribution to classic English literature. The quintessential Victorian author, his epic stories, vivid characters and depiction of contemporary life are unforgettable.
As a theatre enthusiast, he wrote plays and performed before Queen Victoria in 1851. His energy was inexhaustible and he spent much time abroad. He lectured against slavery in the United States and toured Italy with two writing companions.
He was estranged from his wife in 1858 after the birth of their ten children, but maintained relations with his mistress, the actress Ellen Ternan. After his death from a stroke in 1870, he was buried at Westminster Abbey.
I should think his wife would have been exhausted while raising the children, and felt belittled and rejected by his behavior away from home. Why does fame go to most people's head? Instead of living a sensible life, supporting his children and acting as the leader of his household, he abandoned them and ran off to live a high life. You'd think he would have learned from his own experiences. No sooner did he get the pain out of his system by writing about his early life, than he cast the lesson aside.
It seems to me that fame and fortune are very hard task-masters. We should count ourselves lucky not to have the yoke of wealth around our shoulders.