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In December 1855 the scene starts to be set in the first instalment of Little Dorrit. According to the Durham Chronicle of 7 December “ There is only a brief mention of Little Dorrit herself, but we are introduced to a group of travellers newly arrived at Marseilles. One of whom is Mr Meagles who is an Englishman “who never by any accident whatever acquired any knowledge of the language of any country in which he travelled” and who “ addressed individuals of all nations in idiomatic English with a fullest conviction that they were bound to understand it”.
Part 2 is reviewed in the Falkirk Herald of 10 January 1856 we learn about her father who is in the Debtors prison the Marshalsea where he is described as the Father of the Marshalsea and “ a very aimable and helpless middle-aged man”. In order to find out more about him and to meet the other characters will need to read the book!
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