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.

itemWhatever 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 taken from Little Dorrit (Book 1, Chapter 10).

item 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.

item The term ‘Circumlocution Office’ was first coined by Charles Dickens in his novel Little Dorrit to describe, and parody, the government bureaucracy of the day.

 

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