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Summary: The complex story of a notorious law-suit in which love and inheritance are set against the classic urban background of 19th-century London, where fog on the river, seeping into the very bones of the characters, symbolizes the corruption of the legal system and the society which supports it. The fog and cold that permeate Bleak House mirror a Victorian England mired in spiritual insolvency. Dickens brought all his passion, brilliance, and narrative verve to this huge novel of lives entangled in a multi-generational lawsuit--and through it, he achieved, at age 41, a stature almost Shakespearean. Introduction by Barbara Hardy
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Sent to live with a guardian after the aunt who raised her passed away; discovers she is Lady Dedlock's illegitimate daughter.
Owns his ancestral home in rural Lincolnshire and also a place in London.
Leicester's wife; has an illegitimate daughter from when she was younger.
Legal guardian of Esther, Ada, and Richard; involved in a long complicated legal suit which involved an inheritance.
John's ward and Richard's wife.
John's ward; insecure; unsure of his future; spends time on John Jarndyce's legal suit; secretly married Ada.