Sunday Under Three Heads

 

As a young man Charles Dickens expressed a distaste for certain aspects of organized religion. In 1836 a law was proposed that would prohibit all work and all recreation on Sunday.

Under a pseudonym Timothy Sparks, Dickens wrote a pamphlet titled Sunday Under Three Heads in which he defended the people’s right to pleasure, opposing a plan to prohibit games on Sundays.

 

The Story.

Sunday Under Three Heads was written in three chapters. In the first it describes the different types of people one meets on a typical Sunday morning walk. But in the second chapter, he describes what Sunday morning would look like if the Christian “fanatics” in Parliament had been able to pass a recent bill changing the Sabbath trade laws. In the third chapter he discusses what he thinks life on Sunday ought ideally to be like.