A further thought. This is one of only two confirmed instances in which Dickens has written a second article for the issue alongside the ATOTC volume (the second instance not occurring till 24 September). Does anyone have any thoughts about the relationship between “A Poor man and his beer” and the first three chapters of ATOTC, given their shared appearance in No. 1?
The description of “rude carts, bespattered with rustic mire, snuffed about by pigs” in chapter one for instance, corresponds to the long discussion of pigs and the pig club in the later article; while the imagery of the unfortunate captive in chapter three, “Got out at
last, with earth hanging about his face and hair,” is recalled later in “Poor man” when the narrator notices “the scrapers at the club-house door. The amount of the soil of England which every member brought there on his feet, was indeed surprising; and even I, who am professedly a salad-eater, could have grown a salad for my dinner, in the earth on any member’s frock or hat.”