Plornish

Plornish

disaster was his specialty. [Br. Lit.: Little Dorrit]
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But while he can copy Mrs Plornish's colloquial style with the delicate accuracy of a sun-picture, while there is the same startling inspiration in his description of the gestures and phrases of "Boots," as in the speeches of Shakespeare's mobs or numskulls, he scarcely ever passes from the humorous and external to the emotional and tragic, without becoming as transcendent in his unreality as he was a moment before in his artistic truthfulness.
Plornish spoke Italian; nevertheless we managed to understand each other'.
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.