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April 20, 2011


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Agreed--Little Dorrit is definitely the opposite. Certainly, they ended up living near their relations, but I seriously doubt even Amy looks forward to babysitting her sister's kids, all the time. :P

"...fight duels, elope with actresses or lose money at the races"

Great way to end. Just what everyone wants in life.

And....the Dickens hate continues. WTHeck?

He must have been gotten Dickens confused with Austen.

Actually, Orwell liked Dickens! Which makes this passage all the more incomprehensible.

Carolyn, I had the same thought. That hypothetical ending he describes sounds much more like Austen than Dickens.

That's what I was thinking as well, Austen rather than Dickens. I can think of many Dickens characters who would do that, like possibly Eugene Wrayburn, definitely Prince Turveydrop's father, Mr. Skimpole, Richard Carstone (if he had lived), Mr. Dorrit (if *he* had lived). But certainly not the majority of the main characters, who all had great energy and a great desire to live and do good and work hard at whatever it was they were doing. Dickens had lazy characters, but he certainly didn't excuse their laziness.

I think Orwell was smoking nutmeg, which has certain hallucinatory qualities in large doses (if I remember correctly).

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