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    I was thinking of the comparison as well. They...

    I was thinking of the comparison as well. They are both working class women. But Lizzie is a character in her own right, whereas Little Em'ly is only seen through the sentimental eyes of David and...
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    The two Dickens heroines admired by kev's critic...

    The two Dickens heroines admired by kev's critic are Bella Wilfer in Our Mutual Friend and Florence Dombey in Dombey and Son.

    Bella starts of as a brat and is almost a comic version of Estella,...
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    As regards Amy and Fanny, it is noticeable that...

    As regards Amy and Fanny, it is noticeable that they both in very different ways have energy whereas their father, brother and uncle certainly do not. Indeed William Dorrit is a good example of...
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    It is indeed a mark of social class and that's...

    It is indeed a mark of social class and that's why I find it patronising and sentimental. The middle class characters speech is not rendered phonetically because of course they speak normally.
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    I think that is a typo for Fanny Dorrit. As I...

    I think that is a typo for Fanny Dorrit. As I remember she is not a sympathetic character at all until, after having captured the brainless Edmund Sparkler to score off his ghastly mother (bird be...
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    William Dorrit is profoundly selfish particularly...

    William Dorrit is profoundly selfish particularly toward his brother and youngest daughter, and yet tragic in his selfishness.

    There are two dreadful parents in the book. Amy has her father. ...
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