- Depraved Bisexual: A possible character interpretation of Miss Wade, given the posessive way she treats Tattycoram and also her backstory of falling in love with Henry Gowan.
- Hell Is That Noise: The Clennam house keeps making this strange rustling noise. That's because, thanks to Rule of Symbolism, it's about to fall down.
- Qu'est-ce qui passe ici si tard ...
- Parental Incest: Definitely unintended, but to modern readers the attempt to show Amy off as a fiercely devoted daughter can have undertones of this. Amy calls her father "my own dear"; "love", etc., takes more care of him than he does of her and is at one point compared to a Greek character who breastfeeds her father in prison. Squick.
- Tear Jerker: John's outburst to Arthur after Arthur lands in the Marshalsea.
"She loves you! The very walls can see it!"
- Values Dissonance: Modern readers often have a hard time with the Aesop that concludes Tattycoram's plot, in which she is supposed to reconcile herself to her proper station in life with the Meagles. Likewise, the fact that Miss Wade, an independent woman who has made her own way in the world and who might have been a beneficient and inspiring patron for Tattycoram, turns out to be cruel and completely out of touch with human feelings.
- The whole father/daughter vibe Amy and Arthur have going on.
- The conclusion, where Amy gives up her inheritance to spare Arthur the shame of knowing he's illegitimate, feels somewhat unsatisfying to a modern audience. (Tellingly, the BBC adaptation overturns this and has Tattycoram take the evidence straight to Arthur rather than to Amy and the Meagleses.)
- The Woobie: Amy; Arthur; definitely John Chivery.