Little Dorrit was published in 1857.  Few dramatizations followed.  However, music publishers liked the novel, and a number of pieces of sheet music based on it were released over the next twenty years.  These two pieces of sheet music are examples.  The first, Little Dorrit’s Polka, was performed for Her Majesty Queen Victoria and was respectfully dedicated to Charles Dickens, Esq.  The second is a ballad, Floating Away.  Quoted is a passage from Little Dorrit, reading: “He put his hand in his breast, and tenderly took out the handful of roses, and gently launched them on the flowing river.  The flowers, pale and unreal in the moonlight, floated away; and thus do greater things that once were in our breasts and near our hearts, flow from us to the eternal seas.”