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Little Dorrit

Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

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1. 00 – Book 1, 1857 Edition Preface
2. 01 – Book 1, Chapter 1 – Sun and Shadow
3. 02 – Book 1, Chapter 2 – Fellow Travellers
4. 03 – Book 1, Chapter 3 – Home
5. 04 – Book 1, Chapter 4 – Mrs Flintwinch has a Dream
6. 05 – Book 1, Chapter 5 – Family Affairs
7. 06 – Book 1, Chapter 6 – The Father of the Marshalsea
8. 07 – Book 1, Chapter 7 – The Child of the Marshalsea
9. 08 – Book 1, Chapter 8 – The Lock
10. 09 – Book 1, Chapter 9 – Little Mother
11. 10 – Book 1, Chapter 10 – Containing the Whole Science of Government
12. 11 – Book 1, Chapter 11 – Let Loose
13. 12 – Book 1, Chapter 12 – Bleeding Heart Yard
14. 13 – Book 1, Chapter 13 – Patriarchal
15. 14 – Book 1, Chapter 14 – Little Dorrit’s Party
16. 15 – Book 1, Chapter 15 – Mrs Flintwinch has another Dream
17. 16 – Book 1, Chapter 16 – Nobody’s Weakness
18. 17 – Book 1, Chapter 17 – Nobody’s Rival
19. 18 – Book 1, Chapter 18 – Little Dorrit’s Lover
20. 19 – Book 1, Chapter 19 – The Father of the Marshalsea in two or three Relations
21. 20 – Book 1, Chapter 20 – Moving in Society
22. 21 – Book 1, Chapter 21 – Mr Merdle’s Complaint
23. 22 – Book 1, Chapter 22 – A Puzzle
24. 23 – Book 1, Chapter 23 – Machinery in Motion
25. 24 – Book 1, Chapter 24 – Fortune-Telling
26. 25 – Book 1, Chapter 25 – Conspirators and Others
27. 26 – Book 1, Chapter 26 – Nobody’s State of Mind
28. 27 – Book 1, Chapter 27 – Five-and-Twenty
29. 28 – Book 1, Chapter 28 – Nobody’s Disappearance
30. 29 – Book 1, Chapter 29 – Mrs Flintwinch Goes On Dreaming
31. 30 – Book 1, Chapter 30 – The Word of a Gentleman
32. 31 – Book 1, Chapter 31 – Spirit
33. 32 – Book 1, Chapter 32 – More Fortune-Telling
34. 33 – Book 1, Chapter 33 – Mrs Merdle’s Complaint
35. 34 – Book 1, Chapter 34 – A Shoal of Barnacles
36. 35 – Book 1, Chapter 35 – What was behind Mr Pancks on Little Dorrit’s Hand
37. 36 – Book 1, Chapter 36 – The Marshalsea becomes an Orphan
38. 37 – Book 2, Chapter 1 – Fellow Travellers
39. 38 – Book 2, Chapter 2 – Mrs General
40. 39 – Book 2, Chapter 3 – On the Road
41. 40 – Book 2, Chapter 4 – A Letter from Little Dorrit
42. 41 – Book 2, Chapter 5 – Something Wrong Somewhere
43. 42 – Book 2, Chapter 6 – Something Right Somewhere
44. 43 – Book 2, Chapter 7 – Mostly, Prunes and Prism
45. 44 – Book 2, Chapter 8 – The Dowager Mrs Gowan is reminded that ‘It Never Does’
46. 45 – Book 2, Chapter 9 – Appearance and Disappearance
47. 46 – Book 2, Chapter 10 – The Dreams of Mrs Flintwinch thicken
48. 47 – Book 2, Chapter 11 – A Letter from Little Dorrit
49. 48 – Book 2, Chapter 12 – In which a Great Patriotic Conference is holden
50. 49 – Book 2, Chapter 13 – The Progress of an Epidemic
51. 50 – Book 2, Chapter 14 – Taking Advice
52. 51 – Book 2, Chapter 15 – No just Cause or Impediment why these Two Persons should not be joined together
53. 52 – Book 2, Chapter 16 – Getting on
54. 53 – Book 2, Chapter 17 – Missing
55. 54 – Book 2, Chapter 18 – A Castle in the Air
56. 55 – Book 2, Chapter 19 – The Storming of the Castle in the Air
57. 56 – Book 2, Chapter 20 – Introduces the next
58. 57 – Book 2, Chapter 21 – The History of a Self-Tormentor
59. 58 – Book 2, Chapter 22 – Who passes by this Road so late?
60. 59 – Book 2, Chapter 23 – Mistress Affery makes a Conditional Promise, respecting her Dreams
61. 60 – Book 2, Chapter 24 – The Evening of a Long Day
62. 61 – Book 2, Chapter 25 – The Chief Butler Resigns the Seals of Office
63. 62 – Book 2, Chapter 26 – Reaping the Whirlwind
64. 63 – Book 2, Chapter 27 – The Pupil of the Marshalsea
65. 64 – Book 2, Chapter 28 – An Appearance in the Marshalsea
66. 65 – Book 2, Chapter 29 – A Plea in the Marshalsea
67. 66 – Book 2, Chapter 30: Closing In, Part 1
68. 67 – Book 2, Chapter 30: Closing In, Part 2
69. 68 – Book 2, Chapter 31 – Closed
70. 69 – Book 2, Chapter 32 – Going
71. 70 – Book 2, Chapter 33 – Going!
72. 71 – Book 2, Chapter 34 – Gone

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Summary

Originally published in monthly installments between 1855 and 1857, the novel focuses on the various forms of imprisonment, both physical and psychological, while also concentrating on dysfunctional family ties. Accordingly, Dickens avidly criticizes the social deficiencies of the time including injustice, social hypocrisy, the austerity of the Marshalsea debtors’ prison, and bureaucratic inefficiency. The novel kicks off with the introduction of William Dorrit, the oldest prisoner in the Marshalsea prison, who is also referred to as The Father of the Marshalsea. His imprisonment is owed to poor business decisions, which have secured him a place in the debtors’ prison in London. Here he shares accommodation with his wife and children Fanny and Tip, and later the Dorrits welcome their second daughter Amy, who is born inside the prison and is incidentally the Dorrit of the title. The eponymous Little Dorrit grows to become a meek and benevolent young woman who despite her poor financial state, unselfishly takes care of her whole family without the slightest complaint. At the same time the novel welcomes Arthur Clennam, a somewhat idle man in his forties, who has just returned to London following his father’s death after years abroad on family business. Returning to see his mother, a cold and bitter woman, Arthur intends to discuss some details concerning their family business. Troubled by his family’s past, Arthur is determined to uncover the truth behind their fortune. Later, he becomes acquainted with Amy Dorrit, and a special friendship develops between the two, as Arthur sees it as his duty to take the young woman under his protection and unravel the mysterious past surrounding both their families. Consequently, the novel observes the mysterious intertwinement between the two families, as their carefully kept secrets slowly come to light. Nevertheless, Little Dorrit offers a colorful set of characters, a gripping central plot, and several subplots which essentially bring about the notion of redemption. Moreover, it serves as a vivid example to support the idea that anyone is able to reverse their fortune and bring down the invisible walls that seem to confine one to their self-condemned imprisonment. A classic tale depicting Victorian England with its bleak shortcomings and enduring hope, Little Dorrit enthralls with its convoluted relationships, twists and a plethora of characters and subplots, which essentially makes the lengthy novel a pleasure to devour.

Reviews

DantheMan

- Had potential

I also was dissuaded from continuing by the narration. Dickens' language is so precise, so English, that an ESL reader usually has a hard time keeping the energy.

Sorry - made it to chapter 3 but gave up. Monotone narration hard to follow.

Arlie

- Little Dorrit

Ellis Christoff does a wonderful job of reading this book.