Standing Out in Bleak House


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.

The Weather

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.


5 responses »

  1. Oh my gosh, I couldn’t believe it when I read that Lady Deadlock was Esther’s mom! Ewwwww! Esther should run away quick. I don’t think that there is going to be a lovely reunion in store for Esther and Lady Deadlock. It is just so weird and fun! Then the big icky death of Krook is added to the mix. I agree about the weather, something is up with this. I thought the “remains” of Krook that were described as coming outside of his house was fog and black smoke from factories etc.before it was revealed that it was Krook himself.

  2. I was pretty ready for there to be a close connections between Esther and Lady Dedlock, but I don’t thing I was prepared for her to be her MOM!!!! How was that kept a secret?? I can’t wait to see how it all plays out. I just wish Dickens would stop introducing characters and story lines. I mean really, I ‘m half way through the book and we keep getting new characters. It’s enough to make me drink… wait maybe I am finally feeling Dickens.!

  3. Lady Dedlock is so icy and pristine – it explains why she is that way. She literally gave up her heart (her daughter) and therefore has turned into a jaded woman who clings to her Earthly wealth.

  4. I know. Esther’s mom. And the new stuff all the time… but remember, Dickens’s novels and the like were the soap opera’s of the time… Aha, a twin, aha, a new family member, aha, a disguise if revealed. Aha. It’s exhausting to us because we don’t have 20 years to read the books a week or a month at a time. Instead we are barreling through thousands of pages and ideas and characters at a breakneck speed! I can hardly keep up. Sometimes, I just let the sensation of it run away with me. I just read and forget about taking notes. I really enjoy it then!

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