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Little Dorrit

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1855–1857 in 19 instalments

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Approx. 348,000 words

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Thirty years ago, Marseilles lay burning in the sun, one day.

— First line

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.


A person who can't pay, gets another person who can't pay, to guarantee that he can pay. Like a person with two wooden legs getting another person with two wooden legs, to guarantee that he has got two natural legs. It don't make either of them able to do a walking match.


Mrs General had no opinions. Her way of forming a mind was to prevent it from forming opinions. She had a little circular set of mental grooves or rails on which she started little trains of other people's opinions, which never overtook one another, and never got anywhere.


"Papa, potatoes, poultry, prunes, and prism are all very good words for the lips: especially prunes and prism."


...his genius, during his earlier manhood, was of that exclusively agricultural character which applies itself to the cultivation of wild oats.


They went quietly down into the roaring streets, inseparable and blessed; and as they passed along in sunshine and shade, the noisy and the eager, and the arrogant and the froward and the vain, fretted and chafed, and made their usual uproar.

— Last line


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