SOOKIE: You – get in here and tell me the happenings at home.
LORELAI: I’m assuming you mean “did we get our toaster fixed” and no, it’s been cold Pop-Tarts for a week, it’s like a damn Dickens novel.
A reference to the classic 19th century novelist Charles Dickens, earlier discussed. Several of his novels focus on characters who suffer in Victorian-era poverty, such as Oliver Twist, The Old Curiosity Shop, Little Dorrit, and Hard Times. Indeed, to say a situation is “Dickensian” means that it is squalid, grim, and impoverished.