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And he 24 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. George Levine found in all around him, and as a worrying inkling in himself, a failure of will to change. As Lionel Trilling argued, in his well-known essay on the novel, it is about 'the will and society'; 'at the time of Little Dorrit [Dickens] was at a crisis of the will which is expressed in the characters and forces of the novel' (see Lionel Trilling, 'Little Dorrit', The Opposing Self (New York: Viking Press, 1955) pp. 57, 63). Little Dorrit, ed. John Holloway (Harmondsworth, Middx: Penguin, 1973) pp.

28. 29. 30. 31. 32. 33. 34. 3S. S. J. Newman, Dickens at Play (London: Macmillan, 1981) pp. 28-9. S. Monod, The Literary Review, vol. 2, no. 39 (August 1981) p. 22. 'Scenes', XVI, p. 138. 'Tales', II, p. 317. 'Tales', VII, p. 382. , p. 393. , p. 397. 'Tales', XI, p. 467. 'Tales', X, ii, p. 446. 'Tales', XI, p. 479. , p. 47S. , p. 481. , p. 482. 'Scenes', XI. 'Characters', II. 'Scenes', VI, p. 76. 'Scenes', XXIV, p. 197. 'Tales', VI, p. 381. 'Tales', XII, p. 486. 'Scenes', VI, p. 77. 'Scenes', XI, pp.

And at the conscious level, the same story ('The Steam Excursion') shows mainly that children are an infliction. It begins with an innocuous allusion to the sights of Gray's Inn Square gardens, which include 'town-made children, with parenthetical legs,16 (another of those wonderfully terse phrases which constantly surprise and delight the reader or revisitor of Sketches by Boz). ,17 Punishment must be infficted for this lack of considerateness on the part of the children's parents; but it must also be inflicted on the children, through a holy alliance of the other adults in the party.

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