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Since: Jul 08

Waynesboro, VA

#1 Nov 3, 2008
Entry#1, Marseilles, France
I write on a hot day pausing on my journey home after twenty years in China. This evening, I sit-not alone, in quarantine, through coming from the East. As I watch the sunset through the window, it reminds me of a night I spent while I was still yet in China. It was along the sea where I took shelter in a cave not far from the water's edge. This cave had rings in the walls, and obviously was much used for this purpose. I tethered my pack-pony to one of the rings, and removed its load. I then went out to gather grasses for fodder-as well as wood for a fire. A pool in a nearby cave supplied water, and I first watered the animal before going out in search of fish. I had a rice-stem rope and bamboo hook, which I baited with a bit of meat. I placed the hook in the water and was soon rewarded with a large fish. I soon prepared a fire and cleaned the fish, and cooked the fish while I sought rice from among my belongings. I drew some water from the pool to fill my jars, and boiled rice in a small pot. When these victuals were ready, I set out bread and a small bottle of wine, and I had a meal. I set the remaining fish away for the remaining journey, and gave what remained of the rice to the pony. I then settled down on a flat stone nearby to where the pony was tethered, and it now being dark, I got blankets and made my bed on the stone. Not that long afterward, I heard sounds of something drawing upon the water's edge, like a boat. Voices, which I recognized as the northern (Beijing) dialect, I heard as the boat was drawn upon the land. I slowly grasped the knife I used for cleaning fish, and wondered if I really could use it.

Since: Jul 08

Waynesboro, VA

#2 Nov 3, 2008
Entry#1-continued
Other voices were soon heard nearby, and I recognized the word for pirate, even in the western Chinese dialect. Soon bodies ran upon each other, and battle thus ensued. I dared not move as I did not want to betray my presence. It was soon over, as bodies were drawn across the sands and shadows seen even in the narrow entrance to the cave. Then, bodies were heard being slung against stone, and voices crying something in the manner of "Ai,Ai,Ai!" before the falling of a axe. This happened several times. Shortly after, I went to sleep, and did not remember more of the night. The next day I learned pirates had been repelled, and a good many executed, as I was told was to be seen in the nearby town. A junk was moored out to sea, and I reckoned this to be the pirates' ship as it was quiet of movement or activity as I saw it in the early morning. I now am needing sleep and will soon be seeking my bed as I wait to see what comes of the quarantine tomorrow.

Since: Jul 08

Waynesboro, VA

#3 Nov 4, 2008
Entry #2-Marseilles, France
We had been released from quarantine this morning, and had breakfast at a fine hotel before parting company. I might note my traveling companions, Mr.Meagles and his family, whom I had been acquainted with for quite a few months, meeting while I was in Egypt. They had been viewing the Pyramids and the Sphinx when I came upon them, having paused my journey because of illness. I will leave Marseilles tonight, and will travel to England, having been advised to go to London.

Since: Jul 08

Waynesboro, VA

#4 Nov 4, 2008
Entry #3, London
I arrived at Dover a few days ago, and progressed to London by the coach, stopping off at the Blue-eyed Maid inn. I paused for dinner at a coffee-house on Ludgate Hill, before I slowly make my way home. Nothing but bitterness semed to encompass my mind, and painful memory seemed too willing to be made evident. I found my mother's house not at all changed, and was invited in with cold ceremony and little embellishment. I found myself shedding tears at this welcome, at a hope I little understood. I was soon brought to my mother's presence, and found her much changed and still, though still with the cold heartless eye that I feared as a child and found welcoming me these many years later. I found my dear nurse, Affery, more warming, though retreating and fearful. I found no hope with Mother; she was as impassable as ever. Affery seemed anxious to encourage me against Mother and Flintwinch. But I felt unable to do this. She quietly resigned to this and made me a bed, where I now write. I know I will have business for tomorrow, and can only wonder at what will ensue when it is transacted.

Since: Jul 08

Waynesboro, VA

#5 Nov 4, 2008
Entry #4, London
I gently abandoned the business next morning, and finding mymother much against my interest in settling the business of my dead father's distress, I felt it was best to quit the house and find lodgings elsewhere. I soon entertained interest in a girl of attendance upon my mother, who I found was named Little Dorrit. This girl was withdrawing in nature, and I was too anxious to know about her. I saw my mother entertained interest in her, the detail I could not understand. I was able to obtain Little Dorrit had the recommendation of Christopher Casby, whose daughter Flora had years ago been my interest. At this time, I left my mother's house, and went out to seek my fortunes elsewhere.

Since: Jul 08

Waynesboro, VA

#6 Nov 5, 2008
Entry #5, London
I occasioned to be on Borough High Street, after watching from afar Little Dorrit as she worked her way along the street. I saw her disappear at a gate, and approached the gate and inquired of a man of the place. Being told it was the Marshalsea, I then opined to ask about the name of Dorrit. I was then directed to a old man approaching the gate, whom I was told whose name was Dorrit. I inquired about going in, and about Little Dorrit. We then were led inside, and being told this man had a brother within, whom Little Dorrit was his daughter. Soon, we were led to the quarters of this brother, and Little Dorrit in attendance upon him. This brother seemed very gentlemanly in manner, and addressed himself as being the Father of the Marshalsea. I saw Little Dorrit was withdrawn, and seemed to be in embarrassment at my being there. Soon, a sister and brother were in attendance, as a bell was ringing. I soon knew I had to leave. I quickly placed something in the keeping of the Father of the Marshalsea, before I hurried down to speak with Little Dorrit. Only a few words I could get with her, and I hurried to the gate to find it locked. I walked about, anxious about what to do, when the brother came upon me. I was soon directed to a place in the Snuggery; and here on this made-up bed I write. I can only be in awe of this, though if I do not completely understand it. Thoughts of what might occur and what I have seen are too often refreshed this night in my mind.

Since: Jul 08

Waynesboro, VA

#7 Nov 5, 2008
Entry #6, London
I was able to sleep besides the unsettling night, upon waking in the morning remembered the meeting arranged with Little Dorrit. I soon set upon the place set between us the moment after leaving the prison. She had learned of my situation, and I assured her it was all right. Little Dorrit seems to be anxious concerning my opinion of her father, and asked the situation concerning his case, in hope of offering him a means out of the prison. She seems to have little hope of her father's freedom, though she gave me a bit of names, which I was anxious to do some good for her. I then learned how my mother had found her: and as I led her back to the prison planned to see this Plornish to get some key to more of her story. As I settle in my new quarters this night at Covent Garden, I know too well what is waiting for me the next day.

Since: Jul 08

Waynesboro, VA

#8 Nov 5, 2008
Entry #7, London
I have for several days been making inquiries for this Barnacle at the government office, and then directed to this young Barnacle to the home of this Barnacle in Grosvenor Square. Being directed back to the office by this Barnacle, and getting no other satisfaction regarding my case, my patience was wearing thin. Finally having enough of the situation, I was fortunate to come upon my dear friend Mr. Meagles, who had this other gentleman with him, who I found had found no satisfaction at the office. When they I learned were going to Bleeding Heart Yard, I was directly elated and to my surprise, was invited to go along with them.

Since: Jul 08

Waynesboro, VA

#9 Nov 6, 2008
Entry #8, London
I parted with Meagles and Doyce as we came into Bleeding Heart Yard, and made plans to meet with them again. I found the yard to be rather poor apartments, and was soon directed to the home of Plornish. I found that gentleman not there when I arrived; but that man's wife made me comfortable until he arrived. I found she had hopes of employment for her husband, which I kindly hoped I could be of assistance, but now could not. When Mr. Plornish arrived, I began the subject of the Dorrits. He was very kind in answering my questions, and I was reminded of my old friend Mr.Casby, who attended the yard. My final business- arranging the release of Little Dorrit's brother- we were able to arrange before I retired to my quarters for the night.

Since: Jul 08

Waynesboro, VA

#10 Nov 6, 2008
Entry #9-London
I today made a call upon Mr.Casby. I found the house, and Mr.Casby, unchanged, but when he withdrew and Flora came in, it was different. This is where all my thoughts and preconceptions went to pieces. I tried to hide my shock from her, but I soon found myself becoming ill at the sense of reality being presented to me. Could my boyhood interests had been so mistaken? Reminding of the past and being with Flora made me more ill. Staying to dinner was of little assistance. The little clerk Pancks joined me afterward as I tried to gather my senses. These had been more wounded by the sight of 'Mr.F's Aunt' whose strange interests I somehow found terrifying. I was rather ill upon leaving the house; and walking with Pancks felt better to me. I found him to be a quick little man, very sharp upon business, and when he left me, I found myself feeling rather sad indeed.

Since: Jul 08

Waynesboro, VA

#11 Nov 6, 2008
Entry #10, London
I was sitting quietly before the fire in the lodgings when I was interrupted by the appearance of Little Dorrit, who had another girl with her. I was soon involved in their comfort, and concerned how their dress and their appearance late at night related to the situation. I soon learned their errand, and about this girl who was named Maggy. I was surprised that Little Dorrit speculated that I might be related to the release of her brother. I offered some refreshment to them, but Little Dorrit took nothing, though Maggy kindly and gladly took what I offered. Soon, they had to go, and I felt I should accompany them. But Little Dorrit begged me not to do so, and I let them go, wondering why Little Dorrit preferred myself not to be seen. But I soon got coat and hat and followed afterward, but made sure they were safe in the Borough High Street until I left and returned to my lodgings. I write this entry as I wonder about Little Dorrit and Maggy, alone in the streets on such a night.

Since: Jul 08

Waynesboro, VA

#12 Nov 7, 2008
Entry #11, Twickenham
I had decided to walk to the Meagles house, that refreshment being of the little enjoyment I have had when I was abroad. I was then thinking what would be my occupation henceforth, and the instability regarding my inheritance. I also thought greatly on Little Dorrit, and how I could be of service to her. It was not far from my destination when I came upon Mr.Doyce, who when I came upon him, was instantly in recognizance of me. I soon learned his history, and that he was not a bit discouraged of his plans, and was anxious to follow it through. I then learned he was in need of a partner- and that he was to discuss over with Meagles about the matter. Soon, we came upon the house, and were greeted by our host, and a beautiful place it was, with a fine garden. I was shown about the house, and was surprised of the many items from frequent travel it contained. When Meagles discussed his former association with a bank, I made my move. I started with what I have heard from Mr.Doyce, and that he was going to take Meagles' advice on the situation. I asked Mr.Meagles to inform him of my position, and of my interest in the position. Meagles promised to speak with Doyce on my behalf, and I kindly thanked him for his notice. Later, when at dinner and afterward, I was presented with the idea of attention to Pet (Meagles' daughter) and felt it was the best decision to leave her alone, and leave her attentions to a more suitable younger suitor.

Since: Jul 08

Waynesboro, VA

#13 Nov 10, 2008
Entry #12, Twickenham (later London)
I happened during a visit to meet a gentleman who turned out to be Pet's suitor. I saw that he had a air of cruelty about him, and that Mr.Meagles was none too pleased at him. But Pet was no less than delighted with him. But, in the afternoon, he proposed one of the Barnacles as a visitor, and this gentleman's handling of this character, seemingly stabbing him in the back and then calling him one of the best in the world. I found Meagles and Doyce accepting of this visit- at least they seemed to be. I learned this Gowan to be related to the Barnacles, and this gentleman making calls to Pet every Sunday. In the evening, while with Doyce after returning to London, we had a bit to say about the situation. Doyce surely had little hope in Gowan being of little use to Pet; and Meagles would do what he could to separate them. I was to some degree justified in keeping away from Pet, though I did have questions about Gowan, though I did find myself wishing that they would do well.

Since: Jul 08

Waynesboro, VA

#14 Nov 10, 2008
Entry #13, London
I, upon a visit to the Marshalsea, was requested by the turnkey Chivery to look in on his wife in her tobacconist's shop. I did so and learned that the young Chivery was in a depressed condition, having attentions for Little Dorrit. Mrs.Chivery asked for my assistance in the matter, influencing the Dorrits for the good of young Chivery, which I promised. I walked away from the shop wondering how I could really make a influence upon the Dorrits, though I wished very much to do so.

Since: Jul 08

Waynesboro, VA

#15 Nov 10, 2008
Entry #14,London
I was presented this morning with the good news that Mr.Doyce had responded favorably toward my position regarding his business, and I was invited to inspect the Works that day. So, I set out to Bleeding Heart Yard with Mr.Meagles, and did so. So, within weeks, I found the business to my interest and purchased partnership in the business. The deal would include lodgings in the Yard, and I not long after gave up my lodgings in Covent Garden,m so I would soon occupy the new quarters. I soon went out to buy new clothes, and having engaged a tailor, I watched as the name DOYCE and CLENNAM were painted above the door-posts. One day not long after, the day I had gotten my new clothes from the tailor's, I received a call from Flora and the old lady Mr.F's Aunt. It took minutes to find out Flora's errand, other than her congratulations on my new situation. I found out that Flora had heard of Little Dorrit and wished to offer her employment. I felt it very kind of her to make this offer. But soon, Mr.Casby came in with Pancks. I expressed to Mr.Casby what Flora had told me, and Pancks came up to me, offering questions of his own. I learned that Casby had no knowledge of the Dorrits, and thus had the name only to offer to my mother. Soon, the visitors went away, save Pancks. Pancks I learned had a interest in the Dorrits, and this I wondered about. Pancks wanted to know what I knew about the Dorrits, and this I related to him. I wondered what Pancks would do with this material as I returned to my work.

Since: Jul 08

Waynesboro, VA

#16 Nov 10, 2008
Entry #15, London
This evening, Mr.Doyce spoke with me on the situation regarding Miss Meagles and Mr.Gowan, and finding Doyce not seeing much of a future for the pair, I decided it was best to wait and see what came of the affair. I personally hoped Miss Meagles would do well with Mr.Gowan, though I refrained from saying so as not to breed any ill-will in my partner's mind. We parted for our beds with words of trust from Doyce, and as I write now, I can only imagine what would ensue, and how my dear friends Doyce and Meagles would say upon it if marriage was to be between Miss Meagles and Mr.Gowan.

Since: Jul 08

Waynesboro, VA

#17 Nov 13, 2008
Entry #16, Twickenham
I have had the pleasure of a night interview with Pet, and that I have learned that marriage plans are to be made, any hope of separating Pet from Mr.Gowan being abandoned. At my wishes of the best for the marriage, Pet gave me several roses, which I still have. I now feel that I being old and far away from that place of offering anything to a girl but my wishes and protection. Pet asked me to look after Mr.Meagles, which I promised to do, as she knew full well that she would be deeply missed when she was gone. I saw she was anxious about many things, which I done what I could to settle before we parted.

Since: Jul 08

Waynesboro, VA

#18 Nov 14, 2008
Entry #17,London
I this morning felt upon my return to London, that I could not keep the roses Pet had given to me, so I quietly set them upon the river. I soon found Maggy coming upon me, with inquiries from Mr.Dorrit and his son. I made advances requested by Mr.Dorrit, but excused myself from the request of his son. I thus made it known to Maggy I would make a call upon Mr.Dorrit after recompensing her. I thus made my way to the Marshalsea, to find Mr.Dorrit with a unique guest at dinner. I was introduced to this guest as a relative of the Plornishes, and Mr.Dorrit was in a rather protective and compassionate manner about him. Tip soon came in and I noticed he paid no attention to me. This I had reservation until Tip said, obviously agitated, that it concerned the inquiry by him I had recently excused. Mr.Dorrit soon had words with him, and I saw these words made little difference to him. Soon, Tip went out, as agitated as before. Soon, Mr.Dorrit had a engagement, and saw the guest away. At this time, I was left with the company of Little Dorrit and Maggy only; and this I would have requested concerning a important matter I had to speak of.

Since: Jul 08

Waynesboro, VA

#19 Nov 18, 2008
Entry #18, London
I soon came upon what I had to say, which was why Little Dorrit has been absent from me as late. She said she had been hard at work, and supposed me to be also. I noticed some change in her- in which I could not understand. I assured her that I was a friend, and nothing to be afraid of. She then noticed I had something on my mind, which I kindly had to explain. When I said that such thing as love had gone from me I did not realize the pain in the eyes of dear Little Dorrit, and besides wondering why I had caused her this pain, and why this subject was of interest to her. Still she could not tell me the reason of her late absence. While I was pondering this, Pancks came into the room, and taking my buttonhole, asked me to come with him. I had barely time to give good night to Little Dorrit, as I followed Pancks down and into the yard. Soon, Pancks brought a Mr.Rugg, and I said something of a discovery, and asked about a implication- which there was none. Soon- I found it was some discovery concerning the Dorrits, the details of which I had yet to know.

Since: Jul 08

Waynesboro, VA

#20 Nov 20, 2008
Entry #19, Twickenham
I having been invited to the wedding of Pet and Mr.Gowan, and made preparations to go, feeling that it would be in my best interest to do so. Mr.Doyce would not come, feeling that the parties invited (the Barnacles) he was best away from, and thus requested not to be invited. I selected clothing that I felt most suitable before going down to Twickenham for the event. I went down about a week beforehand, and saw my dear friend Meagles and household in distress about the event. The wedding was conducted with Barnacles in excess, and I was surprised to hear even in all this, Gowan was disappointed, which I did not understand. After it was over, I spent a few quiet hours with Meagles before going home.

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