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Questions about the novel 'Little Dorrit' (1855-1857) by Charles Dickens. Use this tag with the tag [charles-dickens].

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What is this children's book referenced in Little Dorrit?

In Little Dorrit, Dickens writes: A communication of great trap-doors in the floor and roof with the workshop above and the workshop below, made a shaft of light in this perspective, which brought to ...
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Meaning of “toning herself off into the married state” in “Little Dorrit”

In book 1, chapter 2 of Little Dorrit (1857), Charles Dickens describes a party of travellers in Marseilles: The rest of the party were of the usual materials: travellers on business, and travellers ...
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Meaning of "contrast of her extraction to this girl's and mine" in "Little Dorrit"

In chapter 27 of Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens, Miss Wade dismisses her visitors Mr Meagles and Arthur Clennam, who have failed to persuade Harriet Beadle ("Tattycoram") to return to her ...
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Meaning of "nobody seemed to be giving the dinners they had gone to" in "Little Dorrit"

The following paragraph is from Charles Dickens, Little Dorrit, Chapter 27. It was now summer-time; a grey, hot, dusty evening. They rode to the top of Oxford Street, and there alighting, dived in ...
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What does the term "worthy man but not poetical manly prose but not romance " mean?

Charles Dickens' Little Dorrit, Chapter 24 'Mr F. was so devoted to me that he never could bear me out of his sight,’ said Flora, ‘though of course I am unable to say how long that might have lasted ...
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What does "series of coughs" mean?

Little Dorrit received a call that same evening from Mr Plornish, who, having intimated that he wished to speak to her privately, in a series of coughs so very noticeable as to favour the idea that ...
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What does the "who has not dined with these?" mean?

This is from Charles Dickens's Little Dorrit, Chapter 16: The expressionless uniform twenty houses, all to be knocked at and rung at in the same form, all approachable by the same dull steps, all ...
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Meaning of "unsatisfied claim upon his justice"

This is from Charles Dickens' Little Dorrit, Chapter 16: As often as he began to consider how to increase this inheritance, or to lay it by, so often his misgiving that there was some one with an ...
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Who is Little Dorrit referring to when she says, "Don’t encourage him to ask"?

I am currently reading Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens and have come across the following passage from chapter 14: ‘Can you guess,’ said Little Dorrit, folding her small hands tight in one another, ...
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What does the term "Bred in a creed too darkly audacious to pursue" mean from "Little Dorrit"?

Dickens's Little Dorrit, chapter 13: Bred in a creed too darkly audacious to pursue, through its process of reserving the making of man in the image of his Creator to the making of his Creator in the ...
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"No more than you could talk Beef into him" from Little Dorrit Charles Dickens Chapter 12

I am reading Little Dorrit By Charles Dickens , and I would like to know what the following phrase means: When a man felt, on his own back and in his own belly, that poor he was, that man (Mr ...
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Who is saying "what was a man to do?" from the following passage in "Little Dorrit"?

Then you see, some people as was better off said, and a good many such people lived pretty close up to the mark themselves if not beyond it so he’d heerd, that they was ‘improvident’ (that was the ...
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What does the term "one heat down" in Dickens's "Little Dorrit" mean?

Mr Casby lived in a street in the Gray’s Inn Road, which had set off from that thoroughfare with the intention of running at one heat down into the valley. Little Dorrit, chapter 13 What does the ...
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What does "much worse fed and lodged and treated altogether than" mean in chapter 12 from Dickens's Little Dorrit?

Chapter 12 in Dickens's Little Dorrit contains the following passage: There was old people, after working all their lives, going and being shut up in the workhouse, much worse fed and lodged and ...
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Who ran away with Mrs Captain Barbary in Charles Dickens' "Little Dorrit"?

From Charles Dickens, Little Dorrit, Chapter 12: The Principal and instrument soon drove off together to a stable-yard in High Holborn, where a remarkably fine grey gelding, worth, at the lowest ...
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Why does Mr Merdle ask for a penknife with a darker handle in "Little Dorrit"?

In Chapter 24 of Little Dorrit, in one of the last scenes, Mr Merdle asks for a penknife. When Mrs Sparkler hands him the knife he asks if he could have one with a "darker" handle. ‘So I am ...
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Where in the book Little Dorrit does Mrs. General tell Amy that society is not the place for unburdening oneself?

In the BBC mini-series Little Dorrit there is a scene in which Mrs. General tells Amy the correct opinions which she is to express concerning the sites that she and other English tourists visit on the ...
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