“[They require]... much natural intelligence, much superadded cultivation, readiness of reference, quickness of resource, an excellent memory, and a clear understanding.”
That’s right; he was talking about proof readers. Well, ‘correctors of the press’ as they were known in 1867 when Dickens was addressing the Association of Correctors of the Press, a sort of proof readers’ union.
I liked this quote so much that I’ve created a journal and added to our store. So, as well as being useful for keeping those all-important proof reading notes, you can flip to the front cover whenever you’re feeling a little underappreciated and bask in the glowing praise of one of literature’s greatest and most-enduring talents.