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Bleak House

Bleak House

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Bleak House
by Charles Dickens is a publication of the Pennsylvania State University. This PortableDocument file is furnished free and without any charge of any kind.
 Any person using this document file, for any purpose, and in any way does so at his or her own risk 
. Neither the Pennsylvania StateUniversity nor Jim Manis, Faculty Editor, nor anyone associated with the Pennsylvania State University assumes any responsibility for the material contained within the document or for the file as an electronictransmission, in any way.
Bleak House
by Charles Dickens
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 the Pennsylvania State University,
Electronic Classics Series 
, Jim Manis,Faculty Editor, Hazleton, PA 18201-1291 is a Portable Document File produced as part of an ongoing student publication project to bring classical works of literature, in English, to free and easy access of those wishing to make use of them.Cover Design: Jim ManisCopyright © 1999 The Pennsylvania State University 
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Bleak House 
 – Dickens
Bleak House
by 
Charles Dickens
PREFACE
 A Chancery judge once had the kindness to inform me, asone of a company of some hundred and fifty men and womennot labouring under any suspicions of lunacy, that the Court of Chancery, though the shining subject of much popular preju-dice (at which point I thought the judge’s eye had a cast in my direction), was almost immaculate. There had been, he admit-ted, a trivial blemish or so in its rate of progress, but this wasexaggerated and had been entirely owing to the “parsimony of the public,” which guilty public, it appeared, had been untillately bent in the most determined manner on by no meansenlarging the number of Chancery judges appointed—I be-lieve by Richard the Second, but any other king will do as well.This seemed to me too profound a joke to be inserted in thebody of this book or I should have restored it to ConversationKenge or to Mr. Vholes, with one or other of whom I think itmust have originated. In such mouths I might have coupled it with an apt quotation from one of Shakespeares sonnets:“My nature is subduedTo what it works in, like the dyer’s hand:Pity me, then, and wish I were renewed!”But as it is wholesome that the parsimonious public shouldknow what has been doing, and still is doing, in thisconnexion, I mention here that everything set forth in thesepages concerning the Court of Chancery is substantially true,and within the truth. The case of Gridley is in no essentialaltered from one of actual occurrence, made public by a dis-interested person who was professionally acquainted withthe whole of the monstrous wrong from beginning to end. At the present moment (August, 1853) there is a suit beforethe court which was commenced nearly twenty years ago, in which from thirty to forty counsel have been known to ap-pear at one time, in which costs have been incurred to theamount of seventy thousand pounds, which is
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