"Violets," the girl calls in a dismal voice as the street conveyances rattle around her on the grungy cobblestones. Spotting a tall young man carrying a chair, she seizes her opportunity. "Buy a bunch of violets, sir?" she exclaims, "It'll bring you luck this evening."
"Well," he says with a smile in his voice, "A little luck wouldn't go amiss. Or a bit of brightness."
He digs into his worn pocket for the coins and she watches him with a slight smile. "Thank you, sir." She counts the coins and takes in her breath. "Very, very handsome."
Turning to go, a thought suddenly strikes her and she whips around to see the man ascending the steps to a building.
"Sir?" He turns, and she plasters a bright smile on her young face. Provocatively brushing back her hair, she suggests, "I'll come up for you....if you like."
Arthur stares, astounded, taking in this young girl, barely in her teens, offering him--he shakes his head quickly, "No-no, no! That's not..." he trails off, seeing such blue, innocent eyes gazing up at him, much like the blue eyes of another young girl he knows.
His brows knit in consternation.
"Do you have somewhere to sleep tonight?"
After a confused pause, she replies, "Oh! Yes, sir. Bleeding Heart Yard, sir."
"Well, you'd best go there--directly." He hands her another handful of coins, his face still betraying the shock and concern he felt for this young girl.
"Thank you, sir, " she says softly with a young smile. "Good evening." She leaves, a bounce in her step with the thought of the food his gift could buy.
Clennam stares after her sadly, deeply disturbed and rattled. Why must poverty rob children of everything they own-even their innocence?
At her relatively new writing blog, Sharing the Journey, Heidi has created a monthly link up where we share a scene from a book (or a movie, as I'm doing) that has to do with the month's subject. The subject being "violets" for this month, I was immediately reminded of the flower girl in BBC's Little Dorrit. (As a side note I just finished reading Little Dorrit! It was wonderful!)
I can't remember now if the flower girl was in the book, but I flipped through the pages and couldn't find her, so I'm assuming she was a creation of the film. (If I'm wrong please do tell me.)
That being said, I still wanted to use the scene and decided to write my own narrative.
Along with screen caps, of course. :)
I always liked this scene a lot, because it reveals even more of Arthur's kindness and gentleness-and, in a way, innocence. He doesn't even think for a moment of taking advantage of this girl-unlike many of the men in his social position in 1800's London, I would think.
Instead he gives her even more money and encourages her to go home. He sees her not only as a young, innocent girl, but a young, innocent girl in the same financial position as his own Little Dorrit-Amy-and yet how differently they go about earning their bread!
Thank you, Heidi, for this fun link up!
Do check out Heidi's blog to participate in the link up yourself-and to enter a giveaway!