Virtue and Villainy in “Little Dorrit”: Little Dorrit vs. Miss Wade

  Little Dorrit is far from my favorite novel by Dickens, but that is its  charm and novelty. I do not know it by heart, and that makes it seem almost new.  Indeed, I am afraid of getting jaded if I reread my favorite Dickens books too often.  I never want to lose the ability to laugh at the adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, or Mr. Micawber’s financial advice: “Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen nineteen and six, result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pounds ought and six, result misery.” 

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