Little Dorrit

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Penguin, Jan 27, 2004 - Fiction - 1024 pages
When Arthur Clennam returns to England after many years abroad, he takes a kindly interest in Amy Dorrit, his mother’s seamstress, and in the affairs of Amy’s father, William Dorrit, a man of shabby grandeur, long imprisoned for debt in the Marshalsea. As Arthur soon discovers, the dark shadow of the prison stretches far beyond its walls to affect the lives of many, from the kindly Mr. Pancks, the reluctant rent-collector of Bleeding Heart Yard, and the tipsily garrulous Flora Finching, to Merdle, an unscrupulous financier, and the bureaucratic Barnacles in the Circumlocution Office. A masterly evocation of the state and psychology of imprisonment, Little Dorrit is one of the supreme works of Dickens’s maturity.
 

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BOOK THE FIRST POVERTY I Sun and Shadow
Fellow Travellers
Home
Mrs Flintwinch has a Dream
Family Affairs
The Father of the Marshalsea
The Child of the Marshalsea VIII The Lock
Little Mother
Mrs Flintwinch has another Dream XVI Nobodys Weakness
Nobodys Rival XVIII Little Dorrits Lover
The Father of the Marshalsea in two or three Relations XX Moving in Society
Mr Merdles Complaint
A Puzzle XXIII Machinery in Motion
FortuneTelling
Conspirators and Others XXVI Nobodys State of Mind
FiveandTwenty XXVIII Nobodys Disappearance

Containing the whole Science of Government XI Let Loose
Bleeding Heart Yard
Patriarchal
Little Dorrits Party
Mrs Flintwinch goes on Dreaming XXX The Word of a Gentleman
Spirit
More FortuneTelling XXXIII Mrs Merdles Complaint XXXIV A Shoal of Barnacles
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