Posted by Sarah P on March 11, 1998 at 06:18:42:
In response to The idea, written by Amy on March 10, 1998 at 22:15:13
] I don't know, Clarence, but the whole idea of those places are fascinating to me, especially the way the Marshalsea was depicted in The Little Dorrit, there it was like a ghetto, with family members living there, but at a higher rent than elsewhere. Quite a world apart.
Of course it wouldn't always prevent irresponsible or unscrupulous people from leaving their creditors high and dry by declaring bankruptcy. Mr. Dorrit seemed quite happy to spend years there - it was his family that suffered. The alternative, of course, was always suicide, like Dobbs Broughton in the Last Chronicle of Barset .
The workhouse, however, would certainly be a deterrent, compared to government handouts to encourage single mothers etc. However, crime and addiction were probably just as bad a problem in the 18/19th centuries, they were just brushed under the carpet until people like Dickens started publicising them.
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