"There was a club in the prison, in which Mr. Micawber, as a gentleman, was a great authority."
William Dorrit and his younger daughter, Amy
Public DomainWilliam Dorrit and his younger daughter, Amy "Little Dorrit"

As Mr. Micawber is looked to as an authority within the prison, in Dickens' later novel Little Dorrit (1855-1857), William Dorrit becomes known as the father of the Marshalsea, and he considers himself to be a respected leader of his fellow prisoners.