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Dickens knew poverty and suffering while working at a blacking factory (which made shoe polish) when he was 12. His parents compelled him to work there when they lost all their money; shortly after he began the job, his father was confined to a debtor's prison. Dickens lived in a squalid little room close to the factory and had little money for food, since he gave most of his earnings to his family. Though this lasted only several months, his life was scarred by the experience and his writings would thereafter reflect his empathy with the disaffected and poor population of London.

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Charles Dickens had firsthand experience of poverty and hardship early in his life, which provided him with a deep understanding of the struggles faced by London's poor. He used his observations and empathy to create detailed and realistic portrayals of their suffering in his novels, drawing attention to social injustices and advocating for reform. Dickens' ability to capture the human condition and evoke empathy in his readers helped to shed light on the harsh realities faced by the impoverished in Victorian society.

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he lived and walked amongst them

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