Little Dorrit Book Summary and Study Guide

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A physically small, but courageous girl by the name of Amy, or affectionately referred to as Little Dorrit, is born in a debtors prison in London. Though the youngest of three children, she takes care of her family and sews for Mrs.Clennem, a strange old lady. When Mrs.Clennem's son, Arthur, becomes interested in helping the Dorrit family (and succeeds in doing so) he is unaware of the love that Amy has for him. The Dorrits find they have a vast fortune, and as a result free themselves from the prison, and soon are spoiled by their wealth.
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Through faulty investments and forgery, Clennem is plunged into debt, and Little Dorrit with her seemingly vast wealth comes to ask him to marry her. By this time Arthur has realized his love, and hers, but still refuses to take her money. When Amy tells him that her family's wealth was also lost through the investments, they marry.
The review of this Book prepared by Helena Woolums

The Dorrit family, William and his three children live in the Marshalsea, a debtor's prison. The youngest Amy, Little Dorrit was born in the prison. All three children are allowed to work outside and return at night to be with their father. Little Dorrit does sewing for Mrs. Clemens and when her son, Arthur returns from India, he helps get Dorrit freed from prison.

When the family suddenly comes into money, all of them except Little Dorrit become obnoxious and snobbish. She falls in love with the older Arthur. When he is eventually imprisoned in the Marshalsea, she helps him and they marry in the prison church.

The review of this Book prepared by Jack Goodstein

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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   thoughtful Time/era of story    -   1600-1899 Poverty, surviving    -   Yes Kind of living:    -   rags to riches story Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   blue collar Age:    -   a teen Ethnicity/Nationality    -   British


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   6 () Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK    -   Italy Misc setting    -   prison

Writing Style

Weird Victorian/Shakespearean English?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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