Bleak House

Quotations from the Charles Dickens novel Bleak House.

I have a great deal of difficulty in beginning to write my portion of these pages, for I know I am not clever.

Background. "I have a great deal of difficulty in beginning to write my portion of these pages, for I know I am not clever." is a quotation from Bleak House (Chapter 3). Bleak House was the ninth novel by Charles Dickens, intended to illustrate the evils caused by long, drawn-out legal cases in the Court of Chancery.   Context. Quote by the character Esther Summerson. These are the first words of Esther’s narrative in Bleak House. Esther says that these pages [...]

2018-09-13T03:05:34+00:00Categories: Bleak House|Tags: |

He appeared to enjoy beyond everything the sound of his own voice.

Background. "He appeared to enjoy beyond everything the sound of his own voice." is a quotation from Bleak House (Chapter 3). Bleak House was the ninth novel by Charles Dickens, intended to illustrate the evils caused by long, drawn-out legal cases in the Court of Chancery.     Context. Description of Mr. Kenge. Kenge is a senior partner in the legal firm of Kenge and Carboy. Kenge is John Jarndyce's lawyer who works tirelessly on the long-running legal dispute, Jarndyce and [...]

2018-09-08T21:00:30+00:00Categories: Bleak House|Tags: , |

A large yellow man with a fat smile and a general appearance of having a good deal of train oil in his system.

Background. "A large yellow man with a fat smile and a general appearance of having a good deal of train oil in his system." is a quotation from Bleak House (Chapter 19). Bleak House was the ninth novel by Charles Dickens, intended to illustrate the evils caused by long, drawn-out legal cases in the Court of Chancery.   Context. Description of the pompous preacher Mr. Chadband. The characteristics of Mr. Chadband has led to the adjective Chadbandian entering the Oxford [...]

2018-09-07T21:55:38+00:00Categories: Bleak House|Tags: |

Dead, your Majesty. Dead, my lords and gentlemen. Dead, right reverends and wrong reverends of every order. Dead, men and women, born with heavenly compassion in your hearts. And dying thus around us every day.

Background. "Dead, your Majesty. Dead, my lords and gentlemen. Dead, right reverends and wrong reverends of every order. Dead, men and women, born with heavenly compassion in your hearts. And dying thus around us every day." is a quotation from Bleak House (Chapter 47). Bleak House was the ninth novel by Charles Dickens, intended to illustrate the evils caused by long, drawn-out legal cases in the Court of Chancery.   Context. This quotation is a harsh criticism on society by [...]

2018-08-29T11:26:36+00:00Categories: Bleak House|Tags: , , |

A good deal to say, chiefly in parentheses and without punctuation, but not much to tell.

Background. "A good deal to say, chiefly in parentheses and without punctuation, but not much to tell." is a quotation from Bleak House (Chapter 11). Bleak House was the ninth novel by Charles Dickens, intended to illustrate the evils caused by long, drawn-out legal cases in the Court of Chancery.   Context. Description of Mrs. Piper. Taken from the opening paragraph of Chapter 11 (Our Dear Brother) of Bleak House: Why, Mrs. Piper has a good deal to say, chiefly in [...]

2018-06-05T14:28:48+00:00Categories: Bleak House|Tags: |

There were two classes of charitable people; one, the people who did a little and made a great deal of noise; the other, the people who did a great deal and made no noise at all.

Background. "There were two classes of charitable people; one, the people who did a little and made a great deal of noise; the other, the people who did a great deal and made no noise at all." is a quotation from Bleak House (Chapter 8). Bleak House was the ninth novel by Charles Dickens, intended to illustrate the evils caused by long, drawn-out legal cases in the Court of Chancery.   Context.  Taken from the following passage in Chapter 8 (Covering [...]

2018-01-04T22:51:11+00:00Categories: Bleak House|Tags: , |

The weather is so very bad down in Lincolnshire that the liveliest imagination can scarcely apprehend its ever being fine again.

Background. "The weather is so very bad down in Lincolnshire that the liveliest imagination can scarcely apprehend its ever being fine again." is a quotation from Bleak House (Chapter 7). Bleak House was the ninth novel by Charles Dickens, intended to illustrate the evils caused by long, drawn-out legal cases in the Court of Chancery.     Context. Taken from the opening paragraph of Chapter 7 (The Ghost's Walk) of Bleak House: While Esther sleeps, and while Esther wakes, it is [...]

2018-01-04T22:47:37+00:00Categories: Bleak House|Tags: |

The African project at present employs my whole time.

Background. "The African project at present employs my whole time." is a quotation from Bleak House (Chapter 4). Bleak House was the ninth novel by Charles Dickens, intended to illustrate the evils caused by long, drawn-out legal cases in the Court of Chancery.   Context. Taken from the following passage in Chapter 4 of Bleak House:  "You find me, my dears," said Mrs. Jellyby, snuffing the two great office candles in tin candlesticks, which made the room taste strongly of [...]

2018-07-15T17:58:20+00:00Categories: Bleak House|Tags: , |

I expect a judgment. Shortly.

Background. "I expect a judgment. Shortly." is a quotation from Bleak House (Chapter 3). Bleak House was the ninth novel by Charles Dickens, intended to illustrate the evils caused by long, drawn-out legal cases in the Court of Chancery.     Context. Taken from the following passage in Chapter 3 of Bleak House: When we got under the colonnade, Mr. Kenge remembered that he must go back for a moment to ask a question and left us in the fog, with [...]

2017-12-08T13:09:13+00:00Categories: Bleak House|Tags: , |

Most of the people I know would do far better to leave marriage alone. It is at the bottom of three fourths of their troubles.

Background. "Most of the people I know would do far better to leave marriage alone. It is at the bottom of three fourths of their troubles." is a quotation from Bleak House (Chapter 41). Bleak House was the ninth novel by Charles Dickens, intended to illustrate the evils caused by long, drawn-out legal cases in the Court of Chancery.   Context. This quotation is said by Mr. Tulkinghorn. Tulkinghorn is Sir Leicester Dedlock’s scheming and manipulative lawyer. Taken from the following passage [...]

2018-08-04T13:51:46+00:00Categories: Bleak House|Tags: |