Little Dorrit

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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.

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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. [...]

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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 [...]

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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, [...]

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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. [...]

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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 [...]

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A place much changed in feature and in fortune, yet with some relish of ancient greatness about it.

Background. "A place much changed in feature and in fortune, yet with some relish of ancient greatness about it." is a quotation from Little Dorrit (Book 1, Chapter 12). 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. This quotation is a description of Bleeding Heart Yard near the Saffron Hill slum in [...]

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It is gone now, and the world is none the worse without it.

Background. "It is gone now, and the world is none the worse without it" is a quotation from Little Dorrit (Book 1, Chapter 6). 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 small debtors’ prison, the Marshalsea in Southwark, where John Dickens was imprisoned for debt in 1824. Charles [...]

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The Barnacles were a very high family, and a very large family.

Background. "The Barnacles were a very high family, and a very large family." 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. Until civil service reforms of the mid nineteenth century, jobs in government offices were often filled through family connections.  In Little [...]

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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 [...]

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