Oh, yes, Little Dorrit had a purply happy ending that culminated in Arthur's and Amy's wedding. If you missed crucial episodes this past month, PBS Masterpiece Classic will be showing the series in its entirety online until May 3rd. Click here to watch Little Dorrit all over again.
Most favorite minor character? In my estimation, Russell Tovey's interpretation of John Chivery as an earnest young man who could not hide his feelings for Amy was masterful. The tender love he expressed in a restrained but vulnerable way simply bowled me over, and the hurt he revealed as he escorted Arthur Clennam to the very same room where the Dorrits were incarcerated in the Marshalsea broke my heart. I will be following Russell's career as an actor with avid interest.
My second favorite minor character in this adaptation was Flora Finching. Poor deluded woman. Ruth Jones's sympathetic yet comic interpretation gave this sad character dignity. Yes she was pathetic, but she was sincere in her love for Arthur and good natured about having lost him to Amy. The fact that Flora was based on a real relationship in Dickens's life made Flora an even more interesting character to my mind. Keen observers will recall Ruth as Mrs. Durbeyfield, Tess's mother, in Tess of the D'Urbervilles.
- For our reviews of this outstanding adaptation, click on this link.
- Also read Ruth's reviews here.
- The Egalitarian Bookworm Chick offers a poll about the minor characters from the series. Mine was for Flora. Who did you vote for?
- If the film's quick denouement confused you, Dickensblog offers some fabulous Clennam Family Secrets explanations.