Little Dorrit 2 Summaries
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Since: Jul 08

Waynesboro, VA

#1 Jun 13, 2009
Part 1: The Middle Years
Chapter 1:After the Wedding
On the way home on Borough High Street, Arthur, weakened from illness, has to rest. A cart is soon secured, and Arthur and Amy get a ride home. A party is waiting for them, and after the party, Arthur rests while Amy looks through the rooms and sorts the wedding gifts. A dressed pig is roasted in Bleeding Heart Yard for residents. Amy, with help, makes dinner, and she and Arthur rest afterward. Word of horses sent to them, which are immediately provided for. Amy however makes plans for the following days.

Since: Jul 08

Waynesboro, VA

#2 Jun 13, 2009
List of Wedding Gifts
Two waistcoats
Lady's dress
Two baby gowns
Several handkerchiefs
Two live hens
Two quill pens
Four dressed chickens
Prepared partridge and goose
Embroidered tablecloth
Two pillows, stuffed with goose down
Several assorted linens
Crock filled with tea
Several loaves of bread
Small crock, filled with butter
Pair of child's shoes
Two pair of gentleman's drawers
Two embroidered petticoats
Two embroidered girl's dresses
Coffeepot
Meat platter
Linen for curtains
Two sets of harness
Sidesaddle
2 lb. cheese
Large basket of potatoes
Whole dressed pig
About 6 oz. tobacco
China tea set
Large Bible
Silver serving bowl
2 bottles wine

Since: Jul 08

Waynesboro, VA

#3 Jun 13, 2009
Chapter 2: Equine Affairs
Amy goes out to see the horses, which are Bones (a gelding) and Bluebird (a mare). She recognizes them as formerly owned by the Dorrits, and they are from Tip, who had been selling off the luxuries owned by the Dorrits during their time of wealth, and Amy had been the one who wanted this pair, so they were sent to her. Meagles and Pancks managing the Works during Arthur's recovery. Mr.Plornish gets hire of the horses, and Meagles brings the girl Anne (a French foundling taught as cook) to the Clennams. Anne has dark hair and dark eyes, but willing and friendly with the Clennams, and fits in very well. Workers buy decrepit cart to rebuild, as Arthur, recovered, meets the horses. Also note Sessant family- Richard is the riding instructor. This is a family the Dorrits knew abroad.

Since: Jul 08

Waynesboro, VA

#4 Jun 13, 2009
Chapter 3-Sessant Dinner-Party
Arthur and Amy are invited to a Christmas party by the Sessant family. Arthur wonders what he has done to grant a invitation by such a wealthy family, but Amy assures him that this (family of Richard Sessant, their riding instructor) considers them worthy of notice. Anne helps in preparations, and is given the night out as well. A carriage has been sent for them, and the Clennams arrive at the party. Sessants in large mansion in corner of Harley Street and Cavendish Square. Amy's sister Fanny, among guests, disturbed at sight of Amy and Arthur. Arthur introduced to Sessant family. Mrs.Merdle among guests. Detail of dinner- Barnacles absent. Conversation at dinner on travel. Dancing class, then dances and parlor games. On the way home, Arthur wonders about the Sessants and their attraction to him.

Since: Jul 08

Waynesboro, VA

#5 Jun 13, 2009
Chapter 4: The Thorn
Arthur has pending business one night at the Works. Notes how few wives knew of their husbands' business at the time. Arthur is distracted while going down stairs and falls. Amy is soon at his side, and Arthur is helped upstairs. A doctor is summoned, and Arthur asked to go to hospital. This is a difficult decision, and Arthur goes the next day. He is admitted to St.Bartholomew's Hospital. Note Arthur's dream: parallel with the Marshalsea. Concern when approval of surgery directed to Circumlocution Office. Amy visits Mrs.Clennam and her sister Fanny. Note Mrs.Clennam's lodgings and Fanny's weighing the merits of her husband(Sparkler) vs. Amy's husband (Arthur). Amy manages things at home during the 4 days Arthur is in hospital. Lady Sessant (mother of Richard Sessant) makes visit to Amy, and provides care for horses (feed, etc.) Arthur is released, and learns of Amy's care for dying woman in Yard. News of Amy's expectation.

Since: Jul 08

Waynesboro, VA

#6 Jun 16, 2009
Chapter 5: The Arrival of Daughters
Sick woman delivers child before dying, which Amy tends temporarily. Amy also tending Fanny's children. Senior foreman killed, and replaced by Elisha Sampson. Trip to farrier. Amy delivers child, a daughter. She is named Caroline. Flora and others come to see the baby. Christening at St.George's Church, Southwark, then visit to Mrs.Clennam. News of abolishing debtor's prisons. Household arrangements, with hired charwoman, Maggy and Arthur's reflections on having a child. Amy is expecting again almost a year later, and there is difficulties. There is twins- the boy, born dead, and a girl, born alive. Boy buried at St.George's as William Clennam, and girl christened as Frances (Fanny).

Since: Jul 08

Waynesboro, VA

#7 Jun 16, 2009
Chapter 6: After Mrs.Clennam's Death
The infant Fanny taken to Mrs.Clennam only a few days before Mrs.Clennam dies. Mrs.Clennam rates a short funeral and quiet burial, and Affery goes to see Arthur. Arthur sends her to Amy, who gives her a place in the household. Elisha's niece, Melinda Sampson, is governess. Lady Sessant makes visit to Clennams. Barnacles in decline, and the Lady Sessant's patronizing character. Other activities with the Sessant family, and connection with Fanny Sparkler, which helps situation with Amy's marriage. Also Tip is better character, having found employment nearby. Building in progress in Bleeding Heart Yard, as well as the Works. The prison has been forgotten.

Since: Jul 08

Waynesboro, VA

#8 Jun 17, 2009
Chapter 7: The New Partner
Mr.Doyce having died, Arthur selects Elisha Sampson as a new partner. Mr.Sampson is also a inventor, and has the same difficulties with the Circumlocution Office. Richard Sessant engaged to teach riding to the Clennam daughters as soon as they are considered old enough to do so. Richard's sisters become involved with Fanny Sparkler and the Clennams. Sisters Amy and Fanny taken by Sessant sisters through fashionable places in London, as well as invitations to balls, parties and the like for Amy and Fanny.

Since: Jul 08

Waynesboro, VA

#9 Jun 18, 2009
Chapter 8: Influenza Epidemic
Influenza making its way through London, like quite a few illnesses of the time turning into wide-spreading epidemics. Arthur and his daughters fall victim to the illness. Aid soon comes to Amy from the Sessant family. As Arthur and his daughters recover (taking a few weeks which was the norm for illness at this time). Note on how disease has no discretion, taking as its victims any person regardless of age, position or conditions.

Since: Jul 08

Waynesboro, VA

#10 Jun 19, 2009
Chapter 9: Head Injury
First, Amy is tending to the children of her sister Fanny, so Arthur allowed time with his daughters, something he took often, which was the exception rather than the rule at the time. Visit to nursery and play with dolls, in which Arthur introduces Circumlocution Office scenario. The next day, Arthur is out on business and has a fall. He is directed to member of Royal College of Surgeons, who meets him at "Bedlam" and Guy's Hospital. Arthur recovers slowly at home, and mystery regarding his condition (i.e. head injury). Elisha Sampson moves in the rooms, Flora visits and is convinced Arthur is (temporarily) mad. Also Barnacles slighted in Parliament elections, and year of peace. Consideration of education for daughters.

Since: Jul 08

Waynesboro, VA

#11 Jun 20, 2009
Chapter 10: The Girls Enter School
The governess Melinda speaks with Arthur, concerned that both daughters want lessons at this time. Arthur encourages her to allow this to continue, feeling that the lessons should not be limited to the older daughter if the younger is interested as well. Oldest daughter Caroline begins school, in the care of a member of the Plornish family. Note school is usually patronized by poor children. Visitors from France during Christmas. Work with Flora to improve situation in Bleeding Heart Yard. Gifts from the Lady Sessant to Amy, which concern Arthur. Younger daughter Fanny begins school. Note on social class positions, which might cause questions among the pupils at the school.

Since: Jul 08

Waynesboro, VA

#12 Jun 20, 2009
Chapter 11: The Arrival of a Son
In early 1866, Amy is expecting another child. Later, Arthur is informed the baby is coming. The midwife is fetched and the baby is delivered-a boy. Affery thinks the newborn looks just like Arthur, so the baby is named Arthur, to be called Little Arthur at home. Amy and Arthur decide not to have any more children. The children was progressing so well, and Amy taught the girls needlework, as Little Arthur, at crawling age, is thought to be as intuitive as his sisters.
End of Part 1

Since: Jul 08

Waynesboro, VA

#13 Jun 22, 2009
Part 2: A Hunt and Related Circumstances
Chapter 1:The Invitation
The Clennams are invited by the Sessants to a few days of foxhunting (a popular activity among those of society) and other activity in the Dorset countryside. Notes Sessants formerly lived in Dorset, tracing their history back to the Normans at the time of William the Conqueror. The invitation is accepted, and note Clennams married ten years, and no honeymoon. Horses hitched to cart tandem (one before the other). Amy and Arthur drive to Dorset. Brief note on Dorrit estate in Dorset. Ends as they are on the road 15 miles from Dorchester.

Since: Jul 08

Waynesboro, VA

#14 Jun 23, 2009
Chapter 2: Arrival at Hunt Lodge
Arrival at hunt lodge near Dorchester. Lodge built from old coaching inn. Description of buildings. Meeting with Sessants, and dinner. Notes on dispersal of Dorrit estate: the Merdle scam left the Dorrits in debt, and property and belongings had to be sold to pay these debts. Plans for next day, which are the Sessants taking the Clennams on a tour of the village nearby to the lodge, while cub hunting (to train young hounds, a process occurring in the first part of the hunting season)in progress.

Since: Jul 08

Waynesboro, VA

#15 Jun 24, 2009
Chapter 3:Tour of Village
Early in the morning, the Clennams are taken out with the Sessants on a tour of the Dorset countryside. Visit to village church and list of Sessant ancestors buried in the church, as well as noting others buried in the churchyard. Arthur has questions regarding this, knowing practically nothing of his ancestry. That evening, a hunt dinner is held, where the Clennams are introduced to hunt staff, and Arthur receives a gift. Also later talk regarding the ancestry of Arthur's mare, Bluebird, and note of breeding of hunting horses.

Since: Jul 08

Waynesboro, VA

#16 Jun 25, 2009
Chapter 4: The Hunt
Riders examine the grounds on a foggy morning. During a hunt breakfast, horses and hounds are collected, and wait outside the lodge. Description of hunt grounds: on a slight downhill with hedge and stone wall in area. Mounting of riders and the hunt sets out. Description of proper hunt attire. Hounds set out to hedge, where they scent fox. Chase for short distance (few hundred yards) the fox diving into a hole. Arthur in distressed condition, and Bluebird runs away. Arthur thrown off by low branch when Bluebird runs under a tree. Hunt members sent to attend to Arthur, and it is soon noticeable (as assistance is sent for) his pain and distress has nothing to do with the fall.

Since: Jul 08

Waynesboro, VA

#17 Jun 26, 2009
Chapter 5: Aftermath of Accident
Arthur is brought to hunt lodge. Hunt has been abandoned, and Arthur considered very ill, so the hunt congregates in other buildings of lodge as doctor sent for. The doctor confirms Arthur's illness as appendicitis, and a surgeon is sent for as preparations are made for surgery. Anesthesia is started when surgeon arrives, and soon the surgery commences. Arthur is left alone briefly, but awakes, not knowing what happened. Amy in distress, and is told what happened. Amy sees Arthur briefly. Plans to send Arthur to hospital in London, as Amy meets with Arthur in evening.

Since: Jul 08

Waynesboro, VA

#18 Jun 27, 2009
Chapter 6: Sent to London
This chapter is a bit backdated, as I am not certain there was still coach service in 1867. Arthur at coach-office, dressed warmly. The coach arrives and Arthur boards. He is in the company of heavy-set man and widow, who have a disagreement. Difficult journey. Late arrival in London. Arthur waits for help in street, and carriage sent to transport him to St. Bartholomew's Hospital. Arrival at hospital, and wait before examination, and being sent to solitary room. Here Arthur would be for two weeks, while the Sessants managed getting Amy and the horses home and attending to them.

Since: Jul 08

Waynesboro, VA

#19 Jun 27, 2009
Chapter 7:Uncomfortable Days in Hospital
Spare comforts of the room where Arthur is kept in hospital. Note Arthur withdrawn within himself. On last day of first week, Arthur given books to read. That night, Arthur in deep distress, and gets out of bed and wanders into hall. He collapses and is returned to his room. Medicine is given to him (some kind of opium-based drug) to keep him quiet. Thus, Arthur would be in quiet state for the next week. Visit from Amy and daughter Caroline, in distress upon seeing Arthur's condition.
Hospital=Prison

Since: Jul 08

Waynesboro, VA

#20 Jun 29, 2009
Chapter 8: News from Home
At the Clennam house, note the children are anxious about Arthur. Amy is wondering when to tell Arthur of the secret of his parentage. It is agreed (between Amy and Affery) not to think of such now, because of Arthur's condition, but wait for a more appropiate date. Soon news that Arthur will soon be coming home. Thus Affery is selected to attend Amy to fetch Arthur, as well as engaging one of the Sessant carriages, a loan possible due to the patronizing friendship of the Sessant family.

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