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It is a mere anomaly and incongruity here, out of date and out of purpose.

Background. "It is a mere anomaly and incongruity here, out of date and out of purpose." is a quotation from Little Dorrit. Book 1, Chapter 5. Little Dorrit was the eleventh novel from Charles Dickens, serialised between 1855 and 1857. A rags to riches story set in the 1820’s, Little Dorrit centres around the changing fortunes of the Dorrit family.   Context. Quotation from the character Arthur Clennam, who is speaking to his Mother. The quotation is taken from the [...]

2018-09-01T18:08:07+00:00Categories: Little Dorrit|Tags: |

The Department is accessible to the Public, if the Public approaches it according to the official forms; if the Public does not approach it according to the official forms, the Public has itself to blame.

Background. "The Department is accessible to the Public, if the Public approaches it according to the official forms; if the Public does not approach it according to the official forms, the Public has itself to blame." is a quotation from Little Dorrit (Book 1, Chapter 10). Little Dorrit was the eleventh novel from Charles Dickens, serialised between 1855 and 1857. A rags to riches story set in the 1820’s, Little Dorrit centres around the changing fortunes of the Dorrit family. [...]

2018-02-23T19:44:16+00:00Categories: Little Dorrit|Tags: , |

It being one of the principles of the Circumlocution Office never, on any account whatever, to give a straightforward answer.

Background. "It being one of the principles of the Circumlocution Office never, on any account whatever, to give a straightforward answer." is a quotation from Little Dorrit (Book 1, Chapter 10). Little Dorrit was the eleventh novel from Charles Dickens, serialised between 1855 and 1857. A rags to riches story set in the 1820’s, Little Dorrit centres around the changing fortunes of the Dorrit family.   Context. The term ‘Circumlocution Office’ was first coined by Charles Dickens in his novel [...]

2018-08-28T20:54:06+00:00Categories: Little Dorrit|Tags: , |

No public business of any kind could possibly be done at any time without the acquiescence of the Circumlocution Office. Its finger was in the largest public pie, and in the smallest public tart. It was equally impossible to do the plainest right and to undo the plainest wrong without the express authority of the Circumlocution Office.

Background. "No public business of any kind could possibly be done at any time without the acquiescence of the Circumlocution Office. Its finger was in the largest public pie, and in the smallest public tart. It was equally impossible to do the plainest right and to undo the plainest wrong without the express authority of the Circumlocution Office." is a quotation from Little Dorrit (Book 1, Chapter 10). Little Dorrit was the eleventh novel from Charles Dickens, serialised between 1855 [...]

2018-08-28T20:52:20+00:00Categories: Little Dorrit|Tags: , , |

I am the only child of parents who weighed, measured, and priced everything; for whom what could not be weighed, measured, and priced, had no existence.

Background. "I am the only child of parents who weighed, measured, and priced everything; for whom what could not be weighed, measured, and priced, had no existence." is a quotation from Little Dorrit. Book 1, Chapter 2. Little Dorrit was the eleventh novel from Charles Dickens, serialised between 1855 and 1857. A rags to riches story set in the 1820’s, Little Dorrit centres around the changing fortunes of the Dorrit family.   Context. Quotation from the character Arthur Clennam, who [...]

2018-07-21T17:53:09+00:00Categories: Little Dorrit|Tags: , |

Through the heart of the town a deadly sewer ebbed and flowed, in the place of a fine fresh river.

Background. "Through the heart of the town a deadly sewer ebbed and flowed, in the place of a fine fresh river." is a quotation from Little Dorrit (Book 1, Chapter 3). Little Dorrit was the eleventh novel from Charles Dickens, serialised between 1855 and 1857. A rags to riches story set in the 1820’s, Little Dorrit centres around the changing fortunes of the Dorrit family.   Context. Description of the squalid pollution of the River Thames in London at the [...]

The mansions and their inhabitants were so much alike … that the people were often to be found drawn up on opposite sides of dinner-tables, in the shade of their own loftiness, staring at the other side of the way with the dullness of the houses.

Background. "The mansions and their inhabitants were so much alike ... that the people were often to be found drawn up on opposite sides of dinner-tables, in the shade of their own loftiness, staring at the other side of the way with the dullness of the houses." is a quotation from Little Dorrit (Book 1, Chapter 21). Little Dorrit was the eleventh novel from Charles Dickens, serialised between 1855 and 1857. A rags to riches story set in the 1820’s, [...]

2018-07-21T18:28:18+00:00Categories: Little Dorrit|Tags: |

Mr Merdle was immensely rich; a man of prodigious enterprise; a Midas without the ears, who turned all he touched to gold. He was in everything good, from banking to building. He was in Parliament, of course. He was in the City, necessarily. He was Chairman of this, Trustee of that, President of the other.

Background. "Mr Merdle was immensely rich; a man of prodigious enterprise; a Midas without the ears, who turned all he touched to gold. He was in everything good, from banking to building. He was in Parliament, of course. He was in the City, necessarily. He was Chairman of this, Trustee of that, President of the other." is a quotation from Little Dorrit (Book 1, Chapter 21). Little Dorrit was the eleventh novel from Charles Dickens, serialised between 1855 and 1857. [...]

2018-07-21T18:19:33+00:00Categories: Little Dorrit|Tags: , |

Whatever was required to be done, the Circumlocution Office was beforehand with all the public departments in the art of perceiving – HOW NOT TO DO IT.

Background. "Whatever was required to be done, the Circumlocution Office was beforehand with all the public departments in the art of perceiving - HOW NOT TO DO IT" is a quotation from Little Dorrit (Book 1, Chapter 10). Little Dorrit was the eleventh novel from Charles Dickens, serialised between 1855 and 1857. A rags to riches story set in the 1820’s, Little Dorrit centres around the changing fortunes of the Dorrit family.   Context. The term ‘Circumlocution Office’ was first [...]

2018-02-23T19:44:47+00:00Categories: Little Dorrit|Tags: , |

Clasping his wrists as if he were taking himself into custody.

Background. "Clasping his wrists as if he were taking himself into custody" is a quotation from Little Dorrit (Book 1, Chapter 33). Little Dorrit was the eleventh novel from Charles Dickens, serialised between 1855 and 1857. A rags to riches story set in the 1820’s, Little Dorrit centres around the changing fortunes of the Dorrit family.   Context. In this quotation, the wealthy but corrupt banker Mr. Merdle perhaps, subconsciously, hints at things to come. Taken from the following passage in [...]

2018-07-21T18:07:42+00:00Categories: Little Dorrit|Tags: , |