What do plums and prisms signify?

“Plums and prisms” is a quote from Mrs. General in Charles Dickens’ Little Dorrit. It refers to the idea that a polite lady should be transparent and ornamental, reflecting the opinions of others. The term becomes a metaphor for snobbery and humorlessness in literature, and even influences characters in other works such as Ms. Prism […]

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