The case, which was originally brought to settle a dispute over a will, has been running at court for generations and has used up a great deal of health and wealth in its course. Richard Carstone and Ada Clare have been made wards of court and live with John Jarndyce at Bleak House while they await the verdict. During that time they marry, always expecting their fortunes to improve…
Also living at Bleak House is Esther Summerson, a young woman of unknown origins. Tulkinghorn, the cunning lawyer of Sir Leicester Dedlock, has his suspicions as to her true parentage, however, and only death can stop him from making them known.
With its humour and pathos, its brilliant satire and its depiction of the Victorian world in microcosm, Bleak House is considered to be one of Dicken’s finest achievements.
808 Seiten. 1994.