February 2013
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Dickens Update 21; Book 2: Issue 18

In Chapter XXVII, The Pupil of the Marshalsea, changes are taking place in Arthur’s vision of the world: “…it was not remarkable that everything his memory turned upon should should bring him round again to Little Dorrit.” “Until it seemed to him as if he met the reward of having wandered away from her, and […]

Dickens Update #20; Book 2: Issue 17

In ChapterXXIII, Mistress Affery Makes a Conditional Promise Respecting Her Dreams, Arthur decides to seek Affery’s help since his mother will not help him.  Mr. Casby and Flora are at his mother’s house for tea. Arthur asks to speak privately with his mother and tells her that Rigaud had been in jail for murder. He […]

Family Matters/Expectations of Grandpa Jack

Jack (my grandfather) was born in August of 1889. He grew up on Spencer Street and his mother was Rosie  and his father was Joseph : Rose was born in Wayne County, Michigan in 1868 and Joseph was born in 1866 in Harrington, Oxford County, Ontario. They were married September 4, 1888.  Jack (officially John) […]

Dickens Update #19; Book 2: Issue 16

In Chapter XIX The Storming of the Castle in the Air, Dorrit arrives home unexpectedly late and finds Amy and Frederick (Dorrit’s brother ) having a quiet evening and Frederick chatting about the difference Amy has made in his life. The reader learns that Mrs. Merdle is going home and she will have a “great […]

Dickens Update #18; Book 2: Issue 15

In Cahapter XV No Just Cause or Impediment Why These Two Persons Should Not Be Joined Together, we learn Mr. Dorrit’s reaction to Fanny’s engagement: “a family connexion of a gratifying nature with Mr. Merdle, the master spirit of the age.”  Mr. Dorrit received Mr. Sparkler’s offer “very much as he would have received three […]