Plornish

Plornish

disaster was his specialty. [Br. Lit.: Little Dorrit]
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Plornish spoke Italian; nevertheless we managed to understand each other'.
Mrs Plornish was a character in Charles Dickens' Little Dorrit, the wife of a plasterer, who made comical pretences of being a great linguist.
Here I wished for more of the sense that Dickens continually doubted, erased, parodied, circumscribed, and reimagined his solutions: the Dombeys are last seen by the sea, not in London; the Plornish mural in Bleeding Heart Yard, Wemmick's castle, and Riah's roof all instantiate very limited and ambiguous, if affecting and welcome, refuge from urban contamination.