She wondered what he was thinking of, as he looked at Maggy and her. She thought what a good father he would be. How, with some such look, he would counsel and cherish his daughter.
Little Dorrit, Book 1, Chapter 14
This is one of my favorite passages in the whole novel. There are so many layers to it. There's a poignancy in it because Amy has had so little counseling and cherishing from her own father, much as she adores him. There's an added poignancy to it because at this point Arthur, poor clueless dear, is still thinking of Amy as something of a daughter figure. But above all, I think it just says a lot about a man to think that he would be a good father. In fact, I think it's one of the highest compliments that could be paid to any man.
My review of Little Dorrit the miniseries is now up at National Review Online. (Thanks to Shannon for the kind words about it!) But I'll be doing my usual stream-of-consciousness posting about it over the next five Sundays, using the notes I took for the review. So be sure to drop by after the show, and feel free to share your own thoughts in the comment section!