This document is an annotation to the author's transcription of Charles Dickens's "Philadelphia, and its Solitary Prison," from American Notes (1842)

"Don Guzman," Dickens's allusion to Mozart's Don Giovanni, at the end of which the statue of the Commendatore whisks Don Juan off to Hell. The Commendatore is not named in the opera, however, and CD is probably thinking of a burlesque he had no doubt seen, Don Giovanni, or the Spectre on Horseback (first performed 1817) by Thomas Dibdin" (Nicholas Bentley et all, The Dickens Index, 113).

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