Amy accompanies Fanny on a visit to the rich and haughty Mrs. Merdle, mother of Fanny's admirer Sparkler, and Amy is shocked that Fanny, who clearly does not love him, is happy to be bribed to keep away from him. Mrs. Merdle takes some pleasure in informing her son of the transaction. Later she and her reserved financier husband give a lavish dinner party where a guest describes him as the most influential man in London. Arthur and Daniel set up their work-shop, employing Cavaletto. Flora visits, getting Arthur to send Amy to her on the promise of work, though she seems more interested in telling Amy about her former relationship with Arthur. Mr.Pancks bribes Mr. Chivery to look into the Dorrits' background from old prison records, whilst Mr. Chivery asks Arthur to put in a good word for the unhappy John with Amy. Whilst Arthur is talking to Amy Maggy arrives with begging letters from Amy's father and brother Tip for Arthur, who refuses the brother.Amy later rounds on Tip and is ... Written by
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When Mr Pancks reads out loud the list of the prisoners who were jailed in 1805 at the Marshalsea Prison, he mentions the name of John Dickens. This is a blink to the author of the Little Dorrit, Charles Dickens : indeed, his father, John Dickens, was really imprisoned at the Marshalsea Prison, though it was in 1824, not in 1805. See more
[Mrs Merdle's son Edmund Sparkler has proposed to Fanny Dorrit. Mrs Merdle explains to Fanny why she does not approve
Sadly the fact is we are all creatures of society in one way or another. And the society in which I move will *never* recognise the society in which you and your sister move. I'm afraid we should find ourselves compelled to look down upon you with contempt. We should feel obliged to recoil from you with abhorrence.