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Peggy Walsh | 35 comments From the cover- as the interminable case of Jarndyce and Jarndyce grinds it's way through the Court of Chancery, it draws together a disparate group of people: Ada and Richard Clare, whose inheritance is gradually being devoured by legal costs; Esther Summerson, a ward of the court, whose parentage is a source of deepening mystery; the menacing lawyer Tulkinghorn; the determined slueth Inspector Bucket; and even Jo, a destitute little crossing-sweeper. A savage, but often comicindictment of a society that is rotten to the core, Bleak House is one of Dickens's most ambitious novels,with a range that extends from the drawing rooms of the aristocracy to the poorest of London slums.

Peggy Walsh | 35 comments Bleak House I and II

Developing cast of characters. Twists and turns already. Just love Dickens’s London. Who is Esther?

Peggy Walsh | 35 comments III and IV

So now were seeing both sides of the suit. It’s amazing how Dickens flows from one side to the other. Each side has its knights and villains. Each side is connected to the other by happenstance. I’m really curious how it will all play out. And who is Esther?

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