History Literature / BleakHouse

29th Apr '16 1:51:28 PM GothicProphet
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* KissingCousins : Richard and Ada
* LineOfSightName: A character who is meeting with an ironworker chooses the pseudonym "Steel".

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* KissingCousins : KissingCousins: Richard and Ada
Ada.
* LineOfSightName: A character who is meeting with When George goes to see an ironworker ironworker, [[spoiler: his estranged brother]], he chooses the pseudonym "Steel".
29th Apr '16 1:48:01 PM GothicProphet
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* {{Fate Worse Than Death}}: It's a measure of the desperation of London's poor that Jenny, a bricklayer's wife grieving for her beloved son, admits she is glad the baby is dead instead of becoming violent like its father, or a criminal like others in the neighborhood.
* {{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.
* 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.

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* {{Fate Worse Than Death}}: FateWorseThanDeath: It's a measure of the desperation of London's poor that Jenny, a bricklayer's wife grieving for her beloved son, admits she is glad the baby is dead instead of becoming violent like its father, or a criminal like others in the neighborhood.
* {{Florence Nightingale Effect}}: FlorenceNightingaleEffect: 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.
* AFoggyDayInLondonTown: When Esther arrives in London she ask a passer by what this dense brown smoke might be and thinks it the fog is smoke from a great fire.fire and asks a passerby about it.
29th Apr '16 1:46:50 PM GothicProphet
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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."

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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, fire.
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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."
29th Apr '16 1:45:14 PM GothicProphet
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* VictorianNovelDisease: It's not at all clear what kills Jo -- poverty, and the fate of children in sentimental novels.
* VillainWithGoodPublicity: Skimpole's journals, in which he calls his benefactor Jarndyce "the incarnation of selfishness" are published and become popular.

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* VictorianNovelDisease: It's not at all clear what kills Jo -- poverty, and the fate of children in sentimental novels.
novels. The 2005 miniseries averts this somewhat, since Allan states Jo has "pneumonia on both lungs".
* VillainWithGoodPublicity: Skimpole's journals, in which he calls his benefactor Jarndyce "the incarnation of selfishness" selfishness", are published and become popular.
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'.
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