I will have to be honest, not much is jumping out to me in Bleak House. Even though we are reading in chunks, things are starting to all jumble together in my mind. SO much happened in the first 16 chapters and as I delved into our reading I couldn’t remember half of it. I’m into the reading while I reading it, but afterwards I can’t even remember who’s who. I am going to have to make some sort of flow chart to keep everyone straight. Anyone else facing that problems? Despite my struggles, I do have some themes that really stuck out to me.
There is something spooky about the way Dickens describes the wind and weather elements. I haven’t quite figured out the pattern yet, but all this weather gives me a supernatural vibe. The wind and weather is mentioned quite often. I feel like it is a sort of haunting blowing through, especially with all of the talk about cemetaries and dead people.
Esther’s Family Affairs
Esther’s family is one huge web that is probably still being weaved. Mr. Jarndyce reveals more truth to Esther about her past. Mr. Jarndyce says when Esther’s aunt wrote to him about the “orphan”, he decided to take Esther in. Yet, when Esther responds basically calling him a father figure… he is less than pleased. Why? Also, Mr. Guppy’s creepy self if all too questionative to Jo about the woman the paid him. Obviously Esther’s aunt is quite the topic of conversation. Does she have anymore skeletons in her closet? OBVIOUSLY YES! After Guppy’s attempts to find a way to get Esther to marry him, a lot is revealed. Lady Dedlock is Esther’s mother? WHAT?!?!? I think Dickens was doing a little foreshadowing at the beginning of the novel. Esther is always getting weird feelings around Lady Dedlock. And what about Esther’s aunt? She had to have a purpose for lying to her sister, but what is it? Also, if Esther gets added as a party in the Jarndyce and Jardyce case, how will this effect everything?
The Jarndyce vs. Jarndyce Case
So, the details of this case are not discussed that often. However it seems to be intertwined with so many characters. Mr. Jarndyce knows the troubles this case can bring and want’s no one to depend on it.