In a few days, an election is to take place for the borough of Eatanswill
, at which Mr.
A couple of chapters concern an election at Eatanswill
between identical parties with platforms of no real significance.
From comic moments such as the Eatanswill
election and the trial of Mrs.
In The Pickwick Papers the electioneering at Eatanswill
makes a farce of elections; in Hard Times, the Parliament is "a little noisy and rather dirty machinery" made up of "honourable gentlemen" deaf, dumb, blind, lame, and dead to every other consideration; 16 in Bleak House, the Court of Chancery ruins people's lives rather than expediting their cases; in Little Dorrit, the Circumlocution Office is a model of bureaucratic inefficiency.
Leave on a minor road and cross the A12 on to the B1068 and A134 to Sudbury (2), a cloth and market town used by Charles Dickens as the model for Eatanswill
in The Pickwick Papers.
The Sellborough election in Hillingdon Hall has not made such an impression on English-speaking culture as the Eatanswill
election in Pickwick Papers, perhaps because Surtees took the satire too far.
His research was written up as the Eatanswill
elections in The Pickwick Papers.
As Dickens described in his account of the Eatanswill
election, the earliest form of canvassing consisted of shovelling food and drink into them before they went to the polls - relying on the feel-full factor.
H is for the HARTLEBURY ELECTION - a less famous fictional campaign than Dickens' Eatanswill
in Pickwick Papers, but just as politically interesting, recounted as it was, semi-autobiographically, by Benjamin Disraeli and his sister Sarah.
E is for the EATANSWILL
ELECTION - Charles Dickens' famous Pickwick Papers satire of, probably, the 1835 election in Sudbury, Suffolk.