Bleak House

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Bleak House  (1852) 
by Charles Dickens

the ninth novel by Charles Dickens; published in 20 monthly parts between March 1852 and September 1853. Dickens's assault on the flaws of the British judiciary system is based in part on his own experiences as a law clerk. His harsh characterization of the slow, arcane Chancery law process, helped to set the stage for its eventual reform in the 1870s. Open book Scans

Table of Contents

I.  In Chancery
II.  In Fashion
III.  A Progress
IV.  Telescopic Philanthropy
V.  A Morning Adventure
VI.  Quite at Home
VII.  The Ghost's Walk
VIII.  Covering a Multitude of Sins
IX.  Signs and Tokens
X.  The Law-Writer
XI.  Our Dear Brother
XII.  On the Watch
XIII.  Esther's Narrative
XIV.  Deportment
XV.  Bell Yard
XVI.  Tom-all-Alone's
XVII.  Esther's Narrative
XVIII.  Lady Dedlock
XIX.  Moving On
XX.  A New Lodger
XXI.  The Smallweed Family
XXII.  Mr. Bucket
XXIII.  Esther's Narrative
XXIV.  An Appeal Case
XXV.  Mrs. Snagsby Sees It All
XXVI.  Sharpshooters
XXVII.  More Old Soldiers Than One
XXVIII.  The Ironmaster
XXIX.  The Young Man
XXX.  Esther's Narrative
XXXI.  Nurse and Patient
XXXII.  The Appointed Time
XXXIII.  Interlopers
XXXIV.  A Turn of the Screw
XXXV.  Esther's Narrative
XXXVI.  Chesney Wold
XXXVII.  Jarndyce and Jarndyce
XXXVIII.  A Struggle
XXXIX.  Attorney and Client
XL.  National and Domestic
XLI.  In Mr. Tulkinghorn's Room
XLII.  In Mr. Tulkinghorn's Chambers
XLIII.  Esther's Narrative
XLIV.  The Letter and the Answer
XLV.  In Trust
XLVI.  Stop Him!
XLVII.  Jo's Will
XLVIII.  Closing in
XLIX.  Dutiful Friendship
L.  Esther's Narrative
LI.  Enlightened
LII.  Obstinacy
LIII.  The Track
LIV.  Springing a Mine
LV.  Flight
LVI.  Pursuit
LVII.  Esther's Narrative
LVIII.  A Wintry Day and Night
LIX.  Esther's Narrative
LX.  Perspective
LXI.  A Discovery
LXII.  Another Discovery
LXIII.  Steel and Iron
LXIV.  Esther's Narrative
LXV.  Beginning the World
LXVI.  Down in Lincolnshire
LXVII.  The Close of Esther's Narrative

This work was published before January 1, 1928, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.

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