‘That Sty for Fattening Lawyers In | On the Bones of Honest Men’: The Palace Court in Little Dorrit

32 Pages Posted: 20 Apr 2021 Last revised: 10 Jun 2021

Date Written: June 10, 2021

Abstract

In Little Dorrit, there are two explicit references to the Palace Court, a court now extinct and largely forgotten. For three reasons, this paper discusses that court: first, to provide a context for the two explicit references to it in the novel; secondly, because the court plays a previously-unidentified significant role in the plot of the novel, even ignoring the novel’s two explicit references to it; and thirdly, because the court played a previously-unidentified significant role in Dickens’s own life, which role probably caused him to include in the novel the two references to the court as a kind of inside joke.

Keywords: Dickens, Little Dorrit, Palace Court, legal history

Suggested Citation

Katz, Leslie, ‘That Sty for Fattening Lawyers In | On the Bones of Honest Men’: The Palace Court in Little Dorrit (June 10, 2021). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3829840 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3829840

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