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  1. Thread: William Dorrit

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    Mrs Clennam struck me as a prototype for Miss...

    Mrs Clennam struck me as a prototype for Miss Haversham when I saw the BBC TV serial.
  2. Thread: William Dorrit

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    I suppose that's true. I did like Dora. I think...

    I suppose that's true. I did like Dora. I think both G.K. Chesteron and George Orwell, in their essays on Dickens, preferred Dora Spenlow to Agnes Wickfield.
  3. Thread: William Dorrit

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    I just read that Dickens' father, John Dickens,...

    I just read that Dickens' father, John Dickens, was sent to the Marshalsea debtors' prison in 1824. They had been living beyond their means (like Mr Micawber). So, yes I suppose William Dorrit could...
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    BBC Radio 4 are airing an abridged version of...

    BBC Radio 4 are airing an abridged version of Claire Tomalin's biography of Dickens. Unfortunately, she included this meeting between Dickens and Dostoevsky, and it was repeated on the radio. It is a...
  5. Thread: William Dorrit

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    I suppose they are both very articulate. Mr...

    I suppose they are both very articulate. Mr Dorrit is usually quite careful how he expresses himself. He always hunts for the best word or phrase in keeping with his sense of dignity. They both share...
  6. Thread: William Dorrit

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    I thought Dickens based Mr Micawber on his father.

    I thought Dickens based Mr Micawber on his father.
  7. I have begun to understand it a bit better. Maybe...

    I have begun to understand it a bit better. Maybe there people so tuned into 16th/17th century English they can pick up a book by Shakespeare and just read it. People used to reading the King James...
  8. Thread: William Dorrit

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    William Dorrit

    IMO William Dorrit, Amy Dorrit's father, is the star of this book. He is the best drawn character. He expresses himself so carefully, as if he is walking a tightrope. He has a great sense of injured...
  9. Another article...

    Another article slagging of Virginia Woolf, and the entire Bloomsbury group. I was disappointed the article was by Philip Hensher again. Surely there must be someone else who thinks she's overrated.
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    Presumably you have food delivered to you, unless...

    Presumably you have food delivered to you, unless you have a vegetable garden.

    We've been told we can only go out to buy food and necessaries (which to me includes alcohol), to exercise once a...
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  12. What is your mother tongue, Danik? I thought you...

    What is your mother tongue, Danik? I thought you were from Brazil, so spoke Portuguese.

    I think there have been some translations from Shakespeare's English to more everyday English. It seems like...
  13. Does anyone understand a Shakespeare play without studying it first?

    I started reading Othello in my project to understand and like our greatest national writer. I chose Othello because it is one I had never studied or seen performed. I think I get the jist but still...
  14. Arthur Clennam's age inappropriate love interests

    I am half way through the book. I almost regret watching the BBC series from a few years back, good as it was, because I know what happens.

    I am not a feminist, but I wondered what feminists would...
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    I'd rather eat spotted dick than a half-formed...

    I'd rather eat spotted dick than a half-formed bird embryo, dog or pulsating snake's heart. I doubt if anyone opened a restaurant over here offering those delicacies they would make much money. I am...
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    I recently bought One Hundred Years of Solitude...

    I recently bought One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. I suppose Love in the Time of Cholera would have been better.

    They were talking about this on the radio several days ago....
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    Moby Dick Huckleberry Finn Middlemarch Bleak...

    Moby Dick
    Huckleberry Finn
    Middlemarch
    Bleak House
    Great Expectations
    Anna Karenina
    The Odd Women
    New Grub Street
    North and South
    Alice in Wonderland
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    I liked Wuthering Heights, Pride and Prejudice,...

    I liked Wuthering Heights, Pride and Prejudice, Emma and The Count of Monte Cristo. I have read Oliver Twist, Jane Eyre Sense and Sensibility, Norhanger Abbey and Frankenstein, but I did not like...
  19. Thread: Clerical pay

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    I was thinking about the bit in The History of...

    I was thinking about the bit in The History of Tom Jones where the narrator draws attention to the relatively low status of the clergy at that time. Two peasants had claimed to have clergymen as...
  20. Thread: Kipps

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    Nearly finished. Some parts were good, but I...

    Nearly finished. Some parts were good, but I often did not want to read the next chapter. It is astonishing to think what a class divided country Britain was back then. It is a different planet now....
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    I think these are all the C18th books that I have...

    I think these are all the C18th books that I have read. I liked Tom Jones a lot.

    The History of Tom Jones, A Foundling - Henry Fielding (1749)
    The Travels of Humphrey Clinker - Tobias Smollet...
  22. I saw the EU was on course to becoming a United...

    I saw the EU was on course to becoming a United States of Europe. It seemed pretty clear that's what they wanted. A secondary concern was that the EU is not particularly democratic.
  23. Well I voted out. I am worried about Scotland...

    Well I voted out. I am worried about Scotland though.
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    I think you will have to start a Proust thread. I...

    I think you will have to start a Proust thread. I have not read any. My step-mother says she started to read him, but he took about five pages to describe the opening of a flower. I think I have to...
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    Here...

    Here is a fairly good article on the subject, although there are not many.

    I have sometimes found Gaskell narratorial interventions a bit clunky, but one thing I think she is brilliant at is...
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