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As the men approach Reading, J. describes several important historical events that happened there. Starting in the 17th century, it became a popular destination for Londoners fleeing the plague. However, it is now crowded and polluted, so the men pass through it quickly.
Reading is described on Page 125, as having an "ugly face."
The river in Reading is "dirty and dismal." (Page 266)
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