Little Dorrit

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The novel "Little Dorrit", published originally between 1855 and 1857, is a work of satire on the shortcomings of the government and society of the period. Much of Dickens' ire is focused upon the institutions of debtor's prisons-in which people who owed money were imprisoned, unable to work, until they have repaid their debts. The representative prison in this case is the Marshalsea where the author's own father had been imprisoned. Most of Dickens' other critiques in this particular novel concern the social safety net: industry and the treatment and safety of workers; the bureaucracy of the British Treasury. The novel begins in Marseilles "thirty years ago" (i.e., c. 1826), with the notorious murderer Rigaud telling his cell mate how he killed his wife. Arthur Clennam is returning to London to see his mother after the death of his father, with whom he had lived for twenty years in China. On his deathbed, his father had given him a mysterious watch murmuring "Your mother," which Arthur naturally assumed was intended for Mrs. Clennam, whom he and everyone else believed to be his mother. Inside the watch casing was an old silk paper with the initials DNF (Do Not Forget) worked into it in beads. It was a message, but when Arthur showed it to harsh and implacable Mrs Clennam, a religious fanatic, she refused to tell him what it meant and the two become estranged…
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Debt, Imprisonment for -- England -- London -- Fiction
Debt, Imprisonment for -- Fiction
Electronic books
England -- Social conditions -- 19th century
England -- Social conditions -- 19th century -- Fiction
Fathers and daughters -- Fiction
Inheritance and succession -- Fiction
London (England) -- Fiction
London (England) -- Social life and customs -- 19th century -- Fiction
Love stories
Marshalsea Prison (Southwark, London, England) -- Fiction
Prisons -- England -- Fiction
title_display Little Dorrit
title_full Little Dorrit [electronic resource] / Charles Dickens
Little Dorrit [electronic resource] Dickens, Charles, 1812-1870.
Little Dorrit [electronic resource] Dickens, Charles.
title_short Little Dorrit
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Debt, Imprisonment for
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Inheritance and succession
Prisons
Social conditions
Social life and customs