History Literature / BleakHouse

13th Oct '17 8:50:46 PM HwaetGrimmalkin
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''Jarndyce and Jarndyce'' is, in fact, the linchpin and crux of the novel, being what ties its many characters and plots together. In particular, Esther Summerson, an orphan who becomes the ward of the court and the present Mr. Jarndyce, narrates her own involvement with the parties of the suit and those connected to them, whilst the omniscient narrator tells the remainder. Aside from Esther herself and John Jarndyce, the suit pulls in their young relatives, Ada Clare and Richard Carstone; Sir Leicester Dedlock and his wife, Lady Honoria Dedlock; the Dedlocks’ lawyer, Mr. Tulkinghorn; a law-stationer by the name of Snagsby; and many, many more.

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''Jarndyce and Jarndyce'' is, in fact, the linchpin and crux of the novel, being what ties its many characters and plots together. In particular, Esther Summerson, an orphan who becomes the ward of the court and the present Mr. Jarndyce, narrates her own involvement with the parties of the suit and those connected to them, whilst the omniscient narrator tells the remainder. Aside from Esther herself and John Jarndyce, the suit pulls in their young relatives, Ada Clare and Richard Carstone; Sir Leicester Dedlock and his wife, Lady Honoria Dedlock; the Dedlocks’ lawyer, Mr. Tulkinghorn; a law-stationer by the name of Snagsby; a charitable young and dark surgeon, and many, many more.
14th Jul '17 3:47:53 AM GothicProphet
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* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: It's never revealed what makes the noise on the Ghost's Walk.
14th Jul '17 3:44:52 AM KateB
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**Actually, 'gammon and spinach' was a colloquialism for 'nonsense', so the two food names are part of the theme.
23rd Jun '17 8:50:44 PM HwaetGrimmalkin
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** The name Bleak House is a particularly significant example:

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** The name Bleak House "Bleak House" is a particularly significant example:
23rd Jun '17 8:47:02 PM HwaetGrimmalkin
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* ArtifactOfAttraction: The Court of Chancery and its suits are all examples of this. As Miss Flite explains in chapter thirty-five:

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* ArtifactOfAttraction: The Court of Chancery and its suits are all examples of this.have a fatal allure. As Miss Flite explains in chapter thirty-five:
23rd Jun '17 8:45:47 PM HwaetGrimmalkin
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--> '''Mr. Jarndyce:''' It had been called, before [Tom Jarndyce's] time, the Peaks. He gave it its present name and lived here shut up, day and night poring over the wicked heaps of papers in the suit and hoping against hope to disentangle it from its mystification and bring it to a close. In the meantime, the place became dilapidated, the wind whistled through the cracked walls, the rain fell through the broken roof, the weeds choked the passage to the rotting door. When I brought what remained of him home here, the brains seemed to me to have been blown out of the house too, it was so shattered and ruined. (Chapter Eight)
* MysteriousParent: [[spoiler:Lady Dedlock]].

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--> '''Mr. Jarndyce:''' It "It had been called, before [Tom Jarndyce's] time, the Peaks. He gave it its present name and lived here shut up, day and night poring over the wicked heaps of papers in the suit and hoping against hope to disentangle it from its mystification and bring it to a close. In the meantime, the place became dilapidated, the wind whistled through the cracked walls, the rain fell through the broken roof, the weeds choked the passage to the rotting door. When I brought what remained of him home here, the brains seemed to me to have been blown out of the house too, it was so shattered and ruined. " (Chapter Eight)
* MysteriousParent: [[spoiler:Lady Dedlock]].Dedlock and "Nemo" (Captain Hawdon)]].



* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Instead of ameliorating the situation, Mr. Bucket accidentally makes it worse by [[spoiler:threteningly ordering Jo to "move on," in part because Jo is very ill at the time]].

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* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Instead of ameliorating the situation, Mr. Bucket accidentally makes it worse by [[spoiler:threteningly ordering Jo to "move on," the failure is in part because Jo is very ill at the time]].



** Inverted in the case of Mr Bucket, who seems to enjoy referring to people by their full names and titles, e.g. Sir Leicester Dedlock, Baronet.

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** Inverted in the case of Mr Bucket, who seems to enjoy referring to people by their full names and titles, even when addressing them in conversation, e.g. Sir Leicester Dedlock, Baronet.



** Harold Skimpole is a rather harsh caricature of the radical journalist, essayist, and poet Leigh Hunt. That said, this was for the purposes of the plot, which accounts for Dickens and Hunt's continued friendship.
* TheNoodleIncident: Tony Jobling is out of work, and what ever he did that resulted in this, is refered to multiple times with the utmost vagueness.

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** Harold Skimpole is a rather harsh caricature of the radical journalist, essayist, and poet Leigh Hunt. That said, this was for the purposes of the plot, which accounts for Dickens Dickens' and Hunt's continued friendship.
* TheNoodleIncident: Tony Jobling Jobling, otherwise known as Mr. Weevle, is out of work, and what ever he did that which resulted in this, is refered to multiple times with the utmost vagueness.



** John Jarndyce is implied to be scarred for life by his guardian's suicide.

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** John Jarndyce is implied to be scarred for life by Tom Jarndyce, his great uncle and guardian's suicide.



--> "He is an honourable, obstinate, truthful, high-spirited, intensely prejudiced, perfectly unreasonable man."

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--> "He is an honourable, obstinate, truthful, high-spirited, intensely prejudiced, perfectly unreasonable man."" (Chapter Two: In Fashion)



* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Subverted in the allocation between [[spoiler:Hortense and Mr. Tulkinghorn]], when you expect this to happen; both villains do tell the other why they suck, however, they are actually just throwing insults at each other.
* TheResenter: [[spoiler:Hortense]] is this [[UpToEleven and then some]], in case murdering one person who rejected her and framing it on the first person to have done so wasn't enough to convince you (not to mention that her involvement with her victim was to get revenge on the first one).
* RevengeBeforeReason: Aside from the punishment being far greater than the offence, [[spoiler:Hortense]] first gets involved in shady business to get revenge on one individual, and when the person when was orchestrating that refused to continue to use her services, she murdered him and tried to frame it on the first individual.
* RichBoredom: Lady Dedlock and her cousin Volumina are always trying to escape the Dragon Boredom.

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* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Subverted in the allocation between [[spoiler:Hortense [[spoiler:Hortense]] and Mr. [[spoiler:Mr. Tulkinghorn]], when you expect this to happen; both villains do ''do'' tell the other why they suck, the other sucks, however, they are actually just merely throwing insults at each other.
* TheResenter: [[spoiler:Hortense]] is this [[UpToEleven and then some]], in case murdering one person someone who rejected her and framing it on the first person to have done so wasn't enough to convince you (not to mention that her involvement with her victim was to get revenge on the first one).
* RevengeBeforeReason: Aside from the punishment being far greater than the offence, [[spoiler:Hortense]] first gets involved in shady business to get revenge on one individual, and when the person when who was orchestrating that refused to continue to use her services, she murdered him and tried to frame it on the first individual.
* RichBoredom: Lady Dedlock and her cousin Volumina are always trying to escape the "the Dragon Boredom.Boredom".



** Arguably, [[spoiler:Esther]] is this for [[spoiler:Lady Dedlock]], although, this is not in the usual way, since [[spoiler:Lady Dedlock]] thought her dead at birth and the father, [[spoiler:Captain Hawdon]], was reported dead at around the same time. However, she finds out about "[[spoiler:Nemo]]'s" death a few months before discovering that their child is alive and in her twenties. This results in an inversion of DaddyHadAGoodReasonForAbandoningYou, since both mother and child will be in peril should their relationship be known.

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** Arguably, [[spoiler:Esther]] [[spoiler:Esther Summerson]] is this for [[spoiler:Lady Dedlock]], although, this is not in the usual way, since [[spoiler:Lady Dedlock]] thought her dead at birth and the father, [[spoiler:Captain Hawdon]], was reported dead at around the same time. However, she finds out about "[[spoiler:Nemo]]'s" [[spoiler:Nemo]]'s death a few months before discovering that their child is alive and in her twenties. This results in an inversion of DaddyHadAGoodReasonForAbandoningYou, since both mother and child will be in peril should their relationship be known.



* StealthHiBye: Snagsby's first encounter with Mr. Bucket.

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* StealthHiBye: Snagsby's Mr. Snagsby has this inflicted on him in his first encounter with Mr. Bucket.
23rd Jun '17 8:20:12 PM HwaetGrimmalkin
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* {{Determinator}}: Mrs. Bagnet is [[LampshadeHanging proclaimed as this]] by her husband. Lady Dedlock is also described as such. Unfortunately, Chancery's allure results in one of the least stubborn characters, [[spoiler:Richard Carstone]], being absolutely determined to win the suit; as with [[spoiler:Mr. Gridley]], the effects of this sort of stubborn grit are fatal. [[spoiler:In Richard's case,]] his determination is partially from some unfounded optimism that the suit will soon end to his benefit.

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* {{Determinator}}: Mrs. Bagnet is [[LampshadeHanging proclaimed as this]] by her husband. Lady Dedlock is also described as such. such.
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Unfortunately, Chancery's allure results in one of the least stubborn characters, [[spoiler:Richard Carstone]], being absolutely determined to win the suit; as with [[spoiler:Mr. Gridley]], the effects of this sort of stubborn grit are fatal. [[spoiler:In Richard's case,]] In [[spoiler:Richard's case]], his determination is partially from some unfounded optimism that the suit will soon end to his benefit.



** Not necessarily so far as death, however, the omniscient narrator explains that those caught in Chancery's grasp will tell you to suffer any wrong than come there.

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** Not necessarily so far as death, however, the omniscient narrator explains that those caught in Chancery's grasp will tell you to suffer any wrong rather than come there.



** This suit was based on the actual suit ''Jennens and Jennens'', a lawsuit over the contested will of William Jennens which took one hundred seventeen years to resolve. The case was initially filed in 1798, fifty-five years prior to the publication of ''Bleak House'' and ended in 1915, sixty-two years after the serial publication had been completed. To the surprise of no one, the case was resolved in the same manner as its fictional counterpart: [[spoiler:the legal fees consumed the entire estate, which had been estimated to be over two million quid (more than two hundred thirty million pounds, putting inflation into account, as of 2015)]].

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** This suit was based on the actual suit ''Jennens and Jennens'', a lawsuit over the contested will of William Jennens which took one hundred seventeen years to resolve. The case was initially filed in 1798, fifty-five years prior to the publication of ''Bleak House'' and ended in 1915, sixty-two years after the serial publication had been completed. To the surprise of no one, the case was resolved in exactly the same manner as its fictional counterpart: [[spoiler:the legal fees consumed the entire estate, which had been estimated to be over two million quid (more than two hundred thirty million pounds, putting inflation into account, as of 2015)]].



* GenderBlenderName: Or nickname, in this case: Charley is short for Charlotte.

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* GenderBlenderName: Or nickname, Or, in this case: case, nickname: Charley is short for Charlotte.



* GreenEyedMonster: Mrs. Snagsby becomes this, merely because Mr. Snagsby is keeping an unspecified secret, which she quickly concludes to be infidelity, with no evidence what so ever.

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* GreenEyedMonster: Mrs. Snagsby becomes this, merely because Mr. Snagsby is keeping an some unspecified secret, which she quickly concludes to be infidelity, with no without any evidence what so ever.



* IAmNotPretty: Esther is convinced that she is no beauty and will not be persuaded under any circumstances to be anything of the kind, to despite all evidence to the contrary ([[spoiler:not the least of which is the [[LikeFatherLikeSon resemblance of herself to her mother]], a very handsome woman in her own estimation]]).

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* IAmNotPretty: Esther Summerson is convinced that she is no beauty and will not be persuaded under any circumstances to be anything of the kind, to despite all evidence to the contrary ([[spoiler:not the least of which is the [[LikeFatherLikeSon resemblance of herself to her mother]], a very handsome woman in her own estimation]]).



* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: [[spoiler:Mr. Jarndyce]] does this for [[spoiler:Esther]], once he realises that she [[spoiler:(without realizing it) is in love with Allan Woodcourt, who returns these affections]]. Not only does he [[spoiler:break off his engagement to her, he [[MatchmakerCrush gets her and Woodcourt together]], convinces Woodcourt's mother to assent, and even prepares a second "Bleak House" for the couple]], making him a positively [[UpToEleven munificent]] example.
* ImStandingRightHere: Richard makes a comment under his breath regarding Miss Flite's mental health and she hears him, however, she doesn't mind in the slightest, cheerfully agrees, and continues to discuss it:

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* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: [[spoiler:Mr. Jarndyce]] does this for [[spoiler:Esther]], once he realises that she [[spoiler:(without realizing it) is in love with Allan Woodcourt, who returns these affections]]. Not only does he [[spoiler:break off his engagement to her, he [[MatchmakerCrush gets her Esther and Woodcourt together]], convinces Woodcourt's mother to assent, and even prepares a second "Bleak House" for the couple]], making him a positively [[UpToEleven munificent]] example.
* ImStandingRightHere: This occurs in chapter three when Richard makes a comment under his breath regarding Miss Flite's mental health and she hears him, however, she doesn't mind in the slightest, cheerfully agrees, and continues to discuss it:



** The Smallweed family does this in character alone which they take to [[UpToEleven new heights]], by [[GenerationXerox all being]] consummate misers who have never been "children" (with the sole exception of Mrs. Smallweed who is too senile to be anything but).

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** The Smallweed family does this in character alone which they take to [[UpToEleven new heights]], by [[GenerationXerox all being]] consummate misers who have never been "children" (with the sole exception of Mrs. Smallweed who is too senile to be anything but).but a "child").



* LukeIAmYourFather: This occurs when [[spoiler:Esther Summerson and Lady Dedlock]] meet, in what becomes their only meeting where they are both aware of their relationship: since the former is illegitimate they both resolve to keep this a secret and to never meet again.
* MagneticHero: Esther Summerson, Mr. Jarndyce, and Allan Woodcourt all have this quality. With the speed of acquiring friendships, the breadth of acquaintance, and good report among all acquaintances, respectively, to attest to this.

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* LukeIAmYourFather: This occurs when [[spoiler:Esther Summerson Summerson]] and Lady [[spoiler:Lady Dedlock]] meet, in what becomes their only meeting where they are both aware of their relationship: since the former is illegitimate they both resolve to keep this a secret and to never meet again.
* MagneticHero: Esther Summerson, Mr. Jarndyce, and Allan Woodcourt all have this quality. With quality; with the speed of acquiring friendships, the breadth of acquaintance, and good report among all acquaintances, respectively, to attest to this.
23rd Jun '17 8:09:40 PM HwaetGrimmalkin
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** Inverted in the case of Mr Bucket, who seems to enjoy referring to people by their full names and titles, e.g. Sir Leicester Dedlock, Baronet.



** The epilogue is an inversion of this as far as [[spoiler:Prince Turverydrop]] is concerned: without any mention of how, when, where, or wherefore he mentioned as lame in an aside during the final chapter.

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** The epilogue is an inversion of this as far as [[spoiler:Prince Turverydrop]] is concerned: without any mention of how, when, where, or wherefore he mentioned as lame in an aside during the final chapter.aside.
23rd Jun '17 8:06:45 PM HwaetGrimmalkin
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* BeautyEqualsGoodness: ''Bleak House'' provides a variation: the eternal traits say something of the character's personality but nothing of their morals. While many of the "good" characters are described as attractive, Charley, Jo, and Mr. Snagsby are never mentioned as such, nor are all of the novel's antagonists described as ugly, but all are instead given traits which speak of their characters. E.g. In chapter twelve, when describing Hortense:

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* BeautyEqualsGoodness: ''Bleak House'' provides a variation: the eternal traits say something of the character's personality but nothing of their morals. While many of the "good" characters are described as attractive, Charley, Jo, and Mr. Snagsby are never mentioned as such, nor are all of the novel's antagonists described as ugly, but all are instead given traits which speak of their characters. E.g. In in chapter twelve, when describing Hortense:



* DontYouDarePityMe: [[spoiler:Sir Leicester Dedlock]] at the close of the novel, which ultimately forces [[spoiler:Boythorn]] to continue their argument about land so as to not further offend him.

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* DontYouDarePityMe: [[spoiler:Sir Leicester Dedlock]] at the close of the novel, which ultimately forces [[spoiler:Boythorn]] [[spoiler:Lawrence Boythorn]] to continue their argument about land so as to not further offend him.
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* ActOfTrueLove: [[spoiler:Sir Leicester]]'s forgiveness of his wife, [[spoiler:Lady Dedlock]], and request that even if he suffers another attack (most likely a stroke), it should be known that his attack merely happened to coincide with a slight misunderstanding which temporarily deprives him of her company and concerns only the two of them. Considering the standards of the time, his forgiveness of her [[spoiler:affair and bearing an illegitimate child prior to their marriage]] is exceedingly touching and extremely selfless. Furthermore, it is made still more so by his {{Pride}}, his condition at the time, his entreaties to Mr. Bucket to find her, and his behavior [[spoiler:after she is found dead by her lover's grave]].

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* ActOfTrueLove: [[spoiler:Sir Leicester]]'s forgiveness of his wife, [[spoiler:Lady Dedlock]], and request that even if he suffers another attack (most likely a stroke), it should be known that his attack merely happened to coincide with a slight misunderstanding which temporarily deprives him of her company and concerns only the two of them. Considering the standards of the time, his forgiveness of her [[spoiler:affair and bearing an illegitimate child prior to their marriage]] is exceedingly touching and extremely selfless. Furthermore, it is made still more so by his abandonment of his usual {{Pride}}, his condition at the time, his entreaties to Mr. Bucket to find her, and his behavior [[spoiler:after she is found dead by her lover's grave]].
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