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I don't understand the ending

Article by MajorKelly posted over a year ago
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I have watched the big reveal scene four times today including once with the subtitles. The way I understand it, either Arthur and Amy are half-brother and half-sister (sharing the same mother), OR they each have separate mothers, in which case Mrs. Clennam owes Amy nothing. If Amy is the daughter of the unnamed dancer and the Sr. Mr. Clennam, then Mrs. Clennam owes Amy the legacy. If Arthur is the son of Mr. Clennam and the unnamed dancer, then the Clennam's don't owe Amy anything.
ALSO, what does the watch have to do with it? AND wouldn't Flintwich have figured out that Rigaud must've killed his brother in order to come by those papers? That's just a loose end, but the relationship between Amy and Arthur is more important.
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hindaa said:
PLEASE let me explain:


Arthur's father was a week man, in order to escape from his wife, he had a secret affair with a dancer, this dancer got pregnant from him, and gave birth to Arthur, when Mrs.Clennam discovered that her husband was cheating on her, she wanted to revenge from the dancer, she threw her into a poor house, and took her child away from her, the poor dancer was depressed and didn't know what to do, so she wrote a letter to Arthur's grandfather telling him what had happened, Arthur's grandfather was so moved by the letter that he wanted to help her somehow, but it was too late because she died of illness and the bad conditions she suffered in the poorhouse , the day the dancer died is the SAME day Mrs.Dorrit gave birth to Amy. it's just the same date, not the same mother, so that doesn't make Arthur and Amy brother and sister.
Now, when Arthur's grandfather was moved by the dancer's letter, he felt sorry for those who lived like this poor dancer , and when Arthur's father new Amy's uncle (one of the episodes Fredrick tells Arthur that he knew his father before Arthur was born), Arthur's grandfather changed his will to help the poor girl who was born in the Marshalsea.
when Arthur's grandfather was dead , Mrs.Clennam was the first to know about the will, so she decided to hide it, because if she doesn't hide it, people will start wondering why did he change his will, and then she and her husband would live in disgrace for the rest of their lives...
Arthur's father then took Arthur to China away from Mrs.Clennam but even in his dying hour he was so week towards his wife, he wanted to remind her of the poor child who deserved to be out of that prison so he put the words "DO NOT FORGET" in the watch to remind her, maybe she would make it up for Amy after all these years but Mrs.Clennam did nothing but making Amy her Seamstress.
according to this Mrs.Clennam owes Amy a lot, because if Mrs.Clennam didn't hide the will, the legacy will go to Amy, her father would be out of jail, and would be extremely RICH.

if there's something u didn't understand about what I have said please let me know.
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^ Well explained hindaa! :)
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Now that makes sense, but it could've been much more clearly explained in the show. The big reveal scene doesn't make clear at all that two different women were the mothers of Amy and Arthur. Except for the one time Frederick remarked off-handedly that he knew Clennam, there is no reason to believe Clennam would leave all this money to a Dorritt. Thanks for taking the time to explain.
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hindaa said:
Yes I totally agree, it took me a while to understand the ending, because Riguad's accent doesn't help at all, but then I watched it with subtitles in my language, and a lot of things was clearer to me.
Glad I helped :)
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"I thank you for explaining it so fully" Like Mr. Darcy said. In my case the subtitles in spanish didn't help, because when Rigaud said "child" it translate "girl". When in fact he is talking about Arthur. But now it's all clear, thanks again.
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