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Dickens's Little Dorrit, Vol. 12 of Charles Dickens Library Edition, Book the Second, "Riches," Chapter 27, "The Pupil of the Marshalsea," facing p. 769.
This Dickensian satire of the infatuated, self-absorbed adolescent lover is consistent with such portraits in his earliest sketches, including that of Cymon (the romanticized version of "Simon") in February 1836 farce "The Tuggses at Ramsgate. Young John (the appellation distinguishes him from his father, a Marshalsea turnkey) is a sentimental youth whose love for Amy Dorrit remains unrequited.
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