History Literature / BleakHouse

22nd Jul '15 3:23:22 AM LahmacunKebab
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* ShaggyDogStory: The ''Jarndyce vs. Jarndyce'' case, having run on for years, even generations. The estate was worth a great deal of money Unfortunately, the legal costs consumed the estate entirely, rendering the whole thing entirely pointless.
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* ShaggyDogStory: The ''Jarndyce vs. Jarndyce'' case, having run on for years, even generations. The estate was worth a great deal of money money. Unfortunately, the legal costs consumed the estate entirely, rendering the whole thing entirely pointless.
22nd Jul '15 3:09:03 AM LahmacunKebab
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* Esther Summerson believes herself to be an orphan, raised out of duty by the icy Miss Barbary. As the novel unfolds, however, Esther discovers that Miss Barbary was her aunt--and that her mother remains alive. In the meantime, her kind guardian, John Jarndyce, has her appointed as a companion to the lovely young Ada Clare...although he has something else in mind for Esther's future.
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* Esther Summerson believes herself to be an orphan, raised out of duty by the icy Miss Barbary. As the novel unfolds, however, Esther discovers that Miss Barbary was her aunt--and that her mother remains alive. In the meantime, her kind guardian, John Jarndyce, has her appointed as a companion to the lovely young Ada Clare... although he has something else in mind for Esther's future.

* ...but that doesn't stop Richard Carstone from anticipating a life of wealth and ease after his side wins the suit. Richard, another one of Jarndyce's wards, somehow never manages to find a career that suits him. While he's waiting on the suit, he romances Ada.
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* ... but that doesn't stop Richard Carstone from anticipating a life of wealth and ease after his side wins the suit. Richard, another one of Jarndyce's wards, somehow never manages to find a career that suits him. While he's waiting on the suit, he romances Ada.
8th Dec '14 7:01:00 AM Patachou
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* AFoggyDayInLondonTown: When Esther arrives in London she ask a passer by what this dense brown smoke might be and thinks it is a great fire. O, dear no, miss,' he said. 'This is a London particular.' I had never heard of such a thing. 'A fog, miss,' said the young gentleman."
13th Oct '13 9:10:39 PM Gemmabeta
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** The case was based on the real life case of ''Jennens v. Jennens'', a lawsuit over a contested will that took 117 years to resolve. The case was initially filed in 1798, 55 years before the publication of ''Bleak House'' and ended in 1915, 45 years after the death of Dickens. To the surprise of no one, the case ended in the same manner as its fictional counterpart: [[spoiler:the lawyer fees consumed the entire estate.]]
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** The case was based on the real life case of ''Jennens v. Jennens'', a lawsuit over a contested will that took 117 years to resolve. The case was initially filed in 1798, 55 years before the publication of ''Bleak House'' and ended in 1915, 45 years after the death of Dickens. To the surprise of no one, the case ended was resolved in the same manner as its fictional counterpart: [[spoiler:the lawyer fees consumed the entire estate.]]
13th Oct '13 9:06:16 PM Gemmabeta
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* EveryoneLaughsEnding: At the conclusion of the Jarndyce case.

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* ForeverWar: The ''Jarndyce v. Jarndyce'' case, It's a court case over a contested will that has been dragging its way through the Chancery Courts for at least half a dozen generations. The case grew so complicated over the centuries that literally ''no one'' knows what's going on. [[spoiler:The case only ended when the lawyer fees consumed the entire estate.]] ** The case was based on the real life case of ''Jennens v. Jennens'', a lawsuit over a contested will that took 117 years to resolve. The case was initially filed in 1798, 55 years before the publication of ''Bleak House'' and ended in 1915, 45 years after the death of Dickens. To the surprise of no one, the case ended in the same manner as its fictional counterpart: [[spoiler:the lawyer fees consumed the entire estate.]]
3rd Sep '13 11:28:39 AM Vasha
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* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: Averted--Esther's face is terribly scarred by a bout of smallpox. ** Possibly unaverted by the ending, which is ambiguous about whether or not the scars have really vanished. ** And the BBC/2005 version arguably averted the trope by having Esther's face scarred for almost the remainder of the series after her smallpox incident. It DOES have her scars pretty much fade to nothing in the final episode, though. ** It's arguable whether the trope applies at all since (though Anna Maxwell Martin is of course a striking and appealing actor), Esther is never characterised as a 'beautiful' girl; the role of beautiful ingenue very much belongs to Ada. When Esther first sees her ravaged face in a looking-glass post-smallpox, she is understandably upset to be disfigured but also remarks that 'her face never was her fortune'.
3rd Sep '13 10:39:35 AM Kyrillion
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** It's arguable whether the trope applies at all since (though Anna Maxwell Martin is of course a striking and appealing actor), Esther is never characterised as a 'beautiful' girl; the role of beautiful ingenue very much belongs to Ada. When Esther first sees her ravaged face in a looking-glass post-smallpox, she is understandably upset to be disfigured but also remarks that 'her face never was her fortune'.
13th Aug '13 5:49:55 AM Prfnoff
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For [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters obvious]] [[KudzuPlot reasons]], ''Bleak House'' resists adaptation--there have been only six film and TV (and at least one radio) versions since 1920--but the BBC's 2005 miniseries was a critical and ratings success (largely thanks to an AllStarCast including such luminaries as GillianAnderson and Creator/CharlesDance).
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For [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters obvious]] [[KudzuPlot reasons]], ''Bleak House'' resists adaptation--there have been only six film and TV (and at least one radio) versions since 1920--but the BBC's 2005 miniseries was a critical and ratings success (largely thanks to an AllStarCast including such luminaries as GillianAnderson Creator/GillianAnderson and Creator/CharlesDance).
28th Jul '13 10:17:05 PM Vasha
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* {{Hair of Gold Heart of Gold}}: Ada.
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* {{Hair of Gold Heart of Gold}}: HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: Ada.

* {{I Cant Believe A Guy Like You Would Notice Me}}: Esther is shocked by Allan's proposal, since she had believed that her smallpox scars made her even more impossible to marry than her status as an illegitimate daughter. * {{I Want My Beloved To Be Happy}}: Mr. Jarndyce letting Esther go.
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* {{I Cant Believe A Guy Like You Would Notice Me}}: ICantBelieveAGuyLikeYouWouldNoticeMe: Esther is shocked by Allan's proposal, since she had believed that her smallpox scars made her even more impossible to marry than her status as an illegitimate daughter. * {{I Want My Beloved To to Be Happy}}: Mr. Jarndyce letting Esther go.

* {{Unable To Support A Wife}}: Allan's reason for waiting so long to propose to Esther; he does not make a move until he has secured a steady income. This is presented as a positive contrast to Richard, who marries Ada only to drag her down with him into poverty and the false hope of the Jarndyce case.
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* {{Unable To to Support A a Wife}}: Allan's reason for waiting so long to propose to Esther; he does not make a move until he has secured a steady income. This is presented as a positive contrast to Richard, who marries Ada only to drag her down with him into poverty and the false hope of the Jarndyce case.

* {{Wretched Hive}}: Tom-all-Alone's.
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* {{Wretched Hive}}: Tom-all-Alone's.Tom-All-Alone's.
28th Jul '13 9:36:56 PM lauraschiller
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* {{Florence Nightingale Effect}}: A variation; while Allan is not there to cure Esther's smallpox, seeing him look after Miss Flite, Jo, Caddy and the baby definitely contributes to Esther's feelings for him.

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* {{Hospital Hottie}}: Allan, the handsome surgeon Esther falls in love with.
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