Little Dorrit

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  • Copyright: 2018-12-19
  • Publisher: Dover Publications
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A sweet-natured seamstress has lived all her life in the Marshalsea debtors' prison, where her family has been in custody since before her birth. When Little Dorrit ventures out of jail to work, she meets Arthur Clennam, who's trying to free himself from the burden of his family business. The state of captivity — as an experience, metaphor, and theme — is the focus of Little Dorrit. Charles Dickens drew upon childhood memories of his father's confinement to tell this story of people imprisoned by poverty, ignorance, and the lure of money and power.
Acclaimed by George Bernard Shaw as Dickens' "masterpiece among many masterpieces," the novel presents a radical indictment of the arrogance and parasitism of genteel society. Its satire of corrupt bureaucracies, embodied by the Circumlocution Office and its policy of "How not to do it," remains as relevant to our time as it was the Victorians'. Blending tragedy, comedy, and mystery, the tale abounds in Dickens' exuberant language and deft characterizations.

Author Biography

After a childhood blighted by poverty, commercial success came early to Charles Dickens (1812–70). By the age of 24, he was an international sensation whose new novels were eagerly anticipated. Two centuries later, Dickens' popularity endures as readers revel in the warm humanity and humor of his tales of self-discovery.

Table of Contents



CHAPTER 1. Sun and Shadow

CHAPTER 2 Fellow Travellers


CHAPTER 4. Mrs Flintwinch has a Dream

CHAPTER 5. Family Affairs

CHAPTER 6. The Father of the Marshalsea

CHAPTER 7. The Child of the Marshalsea

CHAPTER 8. The Lock

CHAPTER 9. Little Mother

CHAPTER 10. Containing the whole Science of Government

CHAPTER 11. Let Loose

CHAPTER 12. Bleeding Heart Yard

CHAPTER 13. Patriarchal

CHAPTER 14. Little Dorrit’s Party

CHAPTER 15. Mrs Flintwinch has another Dream

CHAPTER 16. Nobody’s Weakness

CHAPTER 17. Nobody’s Rival

CHAPTER 18. Little Dorrit’s Lover

CHAPTER 19. The Father of the Marshalsea in two or three Relations

CHAPTER 20. Moving in Society

CHAPTER 21. Mr Merdle’s Complaint

CHAPTER 22. A Puzzle

CHAPTER 23. Machinery in Motion

CHAPTER 24. Fortune-Telling

CHAPTER 25. Conspirators and Others

CHAPTER 26. Nobody’s State of Mind

CHAPTER 27. Five-and-Twenty

CHAPTER 28. Nobody’s Disappearance

CHAPTER 29. Mrs Flintwinch goes on Dreaming

CHAPTER 30. The Word of a Gentleman

CHAPTER 31. Spirit

CHAPTER 32. More Fortune-Telling

CHAPTER 33. Mrs Merdle’s Complaint

CHAPTER 34. A Shoal of Barnacles

CHAPTER 35. What was behind Mr Pancks on Little Dorrit’s Hand

CHAPTER 36. The Marshalsea becomes an Orphan


CHAPTER 1. Fellow Travellers

CHAPTER 2. Mrs General

CHAPTER 3. On the Road

CHAPTER 4. A Letter from Little Dorrit

CHAPTER 5. Something Wrong Somewhere

CHAPTER 6. Something Right Somewhere

CHAPTER 7. Mostly, Prunes and Prism

CHAPTER 8. The Dowager Mrs Gowan is reminded that ‘It Never Does’

CHAPTER 9. Appearance and Disappearance

CHAPTER 10. The Dreams of Mrs Flintwinch thicken

CHAPTER 11. A Letter from Little Dorrit

CHAPTER 12. In which a Great Patriotic Conference is holden

CHAPTER 13. The Progress of an Epidemic

CHAPTER 14. Taking Advice

CHAPTER 15. No just Cause or Impediment why these Two Persons

CHAPTER 16. Getting on

CHAPTER 17. Missing

CHAPTER 18. A Castle in the Air

CHAPTER 19. The Storming of the Castle in the Air

CHAPTER 20. Introduces the next

CHAPTER 21. The History of a Self-Tormentor

CHAPTER 22. Who passes by this Road so late?

CHAPTER 23. Mistress Affery makes a Conditional Promise,

CHAPTER 24. The Evening of a Long Day

CHAPTER 25. The Chief Butler Resigns the Seals of Office

CHAPTER 26. Reaping the Whirlwind

CHAPTER 27. The Pupil of the Marshalsea

CHAPTER 28. An Appearance in the Marshalsea

CHAPTER 29. A Plea in the Marshalsea

CHAPTER 30. Closing in

CHAPTER 31. Closed

CHAPTER 32. Going

CHAPTER 33. Going!

CHAPTER 34. Gone




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