'Ah! He's a knowing blade!' said Varden, shaking his head. 'I should be sorry to talk secrets before him. Oh! He's a deep customer. I've no doubt he can read, and write, and cast accounts if he chooses. What was that? Him tapping at the door?'
This passage is thought to have served as inspiration for Edgar Allan Poe’s famous poem “The Raven.”
Poet/critic James Russell Lowell pointed out the similarity in a satirical couplet:
Here comes Poe with his raven, like Barnaby Rudge
Three-fifths of him genius and two-fifths sheer fudge.
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