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 Offer Charles Dickens: Bleak House (unabridged)

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Charles Dickens: Bleak House

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Chapter 1: In Chancery: London. Michaelmas term…

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This is the Court of Chancery...

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How many people out of the suit Jarndyce…

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Chapter 2: In Fashion: It is but a glimpse…

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How Alexander wept when he had no more worlds…

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‘If you want to address our people, sir,’

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Chapter 3: A Progress: I have a great deal of difficulty…

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I was in a kind of fright beyond my grief…

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It must have been two years afterwards…

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He appeared to enjoy beyond everything…

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I thought he was very strange…

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As I began to know more, I taught more…

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But of course I soon considered…

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We conversed in a low tone…

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Mr Kenge now retired, and Richard with him…

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Chapter 4: Telescopic Philanthropy: We were to pass the night…

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As I found (after pacifying him)…

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The girl at the table left off biting her pen…

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Soon after seven o’clock we went down to dinner…

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Her cousin Jarndyce had written to her…

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Chapter 5: A Morning Adventure: Although the morning…

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‘So, cousin,’ said the cheerful voice of Richard…

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As it was still foggy and dark…

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He had by this time led us across the shop…

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Her room was clean, but very, very bare.

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She stopped to tell us in a whisper…

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Before we finally turned out of those lanes…

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Chapter 6: Quite at Home: The day had brightened…

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At Barnet there were other horses waiting for us…

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‘The little Jellybys,’ said Richard, coming to my relief…

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The furniture, old-fashioned rather than old…

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Our luggage having arrived and being all at hand…

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‘I covet nothing,’ said Mr Skimpole…

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Mr Jarndyce patted him on the head with a smile…

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He observed us with a genial interest…

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As our absence had been long enough already…

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It was so delicious to see the clouds…

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Chapter 7: The Ghost’s Walk: While Esther sleeps…

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It has rained so hard and rained so long…

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Nevertheless, Mrs Rouncewell’s son has…

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Thus they pass on from room to room…

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Rosa draws nearer to the housekeeper.

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Chapter 8: Covering a Multitude of Sins: It was interesting… 04:41

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I left them still listening to him when I withdrew…

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He walked a little to and fro after saying this…

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I really was frightened at the thought…

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‘You have been visiting, I understand’…

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If that dark-visaged eldest boy could look…

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Mrs Pardiggle, leading the way…

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I hope it is not unkind in me to say…

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Chapter 9: Signs and Tokens: I don’t know how…

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I believe Richard’s was as frank and generous…

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Talking thus, they went upstairs…

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To hear him say all this with unimaginable energy…

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Well! I was full of business, examining…

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All this time Mr Guppy was either planing his forehead… 03:56

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I told him that he addressed my interest…

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Chapter 10: The Law-Writer: On the eastern borders…

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Guster, really aged three or four and twenty…

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Here he is today, quiet at his table.

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Mr Snagsby, as a timid man, is accustomed to cough…

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‘This is where he lives, sir,’ says the law-stationer.

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Chapter 11: Our Dear Brother: A touch on the lawyer’s…

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He says this, not unfeelingly, while sitting…

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The marine-store merchant holds the light…

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So the sensation dies off for the time…

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Little Swills is waiting for the coroner…

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While the coroner buttons his great-coat…

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What question this enthusiastic fowl supposes…

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Chapter 12: On the Watch: It has left off raining…

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‘I should like to walk a little,’ says my Lady…

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That evening, in the housekeeper’s room…

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All the mirrors in the house are brought...

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Chesney Wold is quite full anyhow…

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As they turn towards the hall-door…

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Chapter 13: Esther’s Narrative: We held many consultations…

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He wound up this vehement declaration…

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I was sitting in front of the box one night with Ada…

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Mr Bayham Badger himself was a pink, fresh-faced…

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After dinner, when we ladies retired…

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There he was, of course.

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‘Now, hear me, my dears!’

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Chapter 14: Deportment: Richard left us…

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We were busy with Peepy…

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There was a good deal of affection in poor Caddy.

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It happened that we had arranged with my guardian…

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‘Distinguished,’ said Mr Turveydrop…

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He replied with the high-shouldered bow.

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This became so bewildering and suggested…

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‘Miss Flite,’ said Mr Woodcourt…

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The old man had come by little and little…

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Chapter 15: Bell Yard: While we were in London…

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‘It may be, partly, because I know nothing…’

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Mr Skimpole, who had quite forgotten the subject…

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We were looking at one another…

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I stood at the window with Ada…

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The passion and heat in which he was…

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His countenance had, perhaps for years…

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Chapter 16: Tom-all-Alone’s: My Lady Dedlock…

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Twice lately there has been a crash…

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He and Jo listen to the music…

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Jo attends closely while the words are being spoken…

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The servant shrinks into a corner…

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Chapter 17: Esther’s Narrative: Richard very often…

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Ada looked so very anxious now that I asked…

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So after he had been a little while with Ada…

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But, even Ada, with her loving face...

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This was the first time I ever saw him follow Ada…

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I sat down and said after a little effort…

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I believe – at least I know – that he was not rich.

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Chapter 18: Lady Dedlock: It was not so easy…

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While these affairs were in abeyance…

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At the inn we found Mr Boythorn…

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When we came into the little village…

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The congregation was extremely small…

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The service being concluded, Sir Leicester gave…

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I always wondered on these occasions…

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She seemed to respect him and even to wish…

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Chapter 19: Moving On: It is the long vacation…

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There are offices about the Inns of Court…

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Mr Chadband is a large yellow man…

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The persecutors denied that there was any…

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Enter Mr Guppy, who nods to Mr Snagsby…

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Mrs Chadband whispers Mrs Snagsby…

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At this threatening stage of the discourse…

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Chapter 20: A New Lodger: The long vacation…

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Jobling looks hungry and also has the appearance…

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Mr Jobling is buttoned up closer than…

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Mr Guppy comes more fully into the conversation…

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Mr Jobling, Mr Guppy, and Mr Smallweed all lean…

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The old man still sits, often smacking his dry lips…

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On the morrow, in the dusk of evening…

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Chapter 21: The Smallweed Family: In a rather ill-favoured…

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Beside him is a spare cushion with which he is…

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Judy, with her brother’s wink, shakes her head…

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Charley is accordingly introduced…

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Mr George sits, with his arms folded…

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Mr George, who has been looking first…

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‘In the first place,’ returns Mr George…

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The theatre over, Mr George comes across the water…

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Chapter 22: Mr Bucket: Allegory looks pretty cool…

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Mr Snagsby drinks and murmurs…

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‘I am sure I am much obliged to you… ‘

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As the unseen wretch goes by…

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‘It’s brought into my head, master,’…

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A female figure, closely veiled, stands…

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Chapter 23: Esther’s Narrative: We came home…

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So ended our conference, which I was very glad…

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We were in a solitary place…

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‘You see, Esther,’ said Caddy…

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Prince was teaching, of course.

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Mr Turveydrop underwent a severe internal struggle…

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I thought of the one family so near us…

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I was so unprepared for the perfect coolness… 0

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As I rode quietly home at night after the day’s bustle…

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Chapter 24: An Appeal Case: As soon as Richard…

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‘So much the easier what I have to say,… ‘

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It was strange to me that Richard should not…

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His once more reddening through his brown…

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To see everything going on so smoothly…

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Turning as he spoke and making an easy way…

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‘Ladies and gentlemen,’ said Mr Bucket…

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He drew the hand Miss Flite held…

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Chapter 25: Mrs Snagsby Sees It All: There is disquiet…

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He has no respect for Mr Chadband.

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It happens that Mr Chadband has a pulpit habit…

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The present effect of this flight of oratory…

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Mrs Snagsby replies by delivering herself…

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Chapter 26: Sharpshooters: Wintry morning…

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Governor and commander are interchangeable… 05:01

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Resigning himself to which condition…

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Grandfather Smallweed refers to Phil…

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When Judy has by these means set him up again…

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‘My dear friend, he is a lawyer, and a famous one.’

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Chapter 27: More Old Soldiers Than One: Mr George…

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Mr George sits squared in exactly the same attitude…

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Mr Smallweed, hearing that this authority…

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The trooper, without remarking on this welcome…

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Both father and son salute the trooper heartily.

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This Mr George does with great discretion…

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Chapter 28: The Ironmaster: Sir Leicester Dedlock…

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Such the guests in the long drawing-room…

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Miss Volumnia with a third little scream takes flight…

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Sir Leicester snorts a little to hear the law laid down…

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The visitor pauses a moment to give my Lady…

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Chapter 29: The Young Man: Chesney Wold is shut…

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The man’s mind is not so well balanced…

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My Lady turns a little round and says…

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A kind of angry smile just dawns upon my Lady’s face.

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There are diamonds glittering on the hand…

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Chapter 30: Esther’s Narrative: Richard had been gone…

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I said I should have thought it hardly possible…

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As soon as her papa had tranquillized his mind…

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Over and above this Caddy was very anxious...

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The next question was how Mrs Jellyby…

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Mr Jellyby groaned and laid his head against the wall… 05:15

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We duly came back to breakfast…

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And then Prince took her arm in his and turned…

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Chapter 31: Nurse and Patient: I had not been at home…

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I had no thought that night – none, I am quite sure…

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The other woman came hurriedly in as she spoke…

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My guardian stopped and looked at him…

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Ada being in our room with a cold…

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I heard Ada’s voice outside, and I hurried to the door…

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And Charley did not die.

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Chapter 32: The Appointed Time It is night in Lincoln’s Inn…

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It is no phenomenon that Mr Snagsby should be…

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If Mr Snagsby hastens home to save…

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Tony again entreats that the subject may be…

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The light vivacious tone of fashionable life…

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‘How did he first come by that idea, though?’

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Chapter 33: Interlopers: Now do those two gentlemen...

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Thus night pursues its leaden course…

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Mr Snagsby casts his eye forlornly round the bar,…

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While they are so conversing, a hackney-coach…

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Mrs Smallweed instantly begins to shake her head…

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At last come the coroner and his inquiry…

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Chapter 34: A Turn of the Screw: ‘Now, what,’ says Mr George…

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The old girl never appears in walking trim…

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Mrs Bagnet ceasing, Mr Bagnet removes his hand…

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The trooper returns that this is kindly said…

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Grandfather Smallweed smiles in a very ugly way…

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He vociferates this so loudly that Mr Bagnet…

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The lawyer sits down in his easy-chair and stirs the fire.

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Boiled beef and greens constitute the day’s variety…

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Chapter 35: Esther’s Narrative: I lay ill through several weeks…

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How well I remember the pleasant afternoon…

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‘Is it possible, guardian,’ I asked, amazed…

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And my guardian put a letter in my hand…

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‘If you please, miss,’ said Charley…

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I tried to assure her that this was not so.

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I was obliged to confess that I did not quite know…

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Chapter 36: Chesney Wold: Charley and I did not…

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I took care to be up early in the morning…

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The air blew as freshly and revivingly upon me…

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I raised my mother up, praying and beseeching her…

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My mother, who until this time had made no change…

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These are the real feelings that I had.

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For I saw very well that I could not have…

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Chapter 37: Jarndyce and Jarndyce: If the secret…

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I put my veil up, but not quite.

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I began seriously to think that Richard could…

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I could almost have believed in the attraction…

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‘Indeed?’ replied Richard, softening.

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‘Richard,’ said I, ‘you place great confidence in me…’ 04:53

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As they were to remain with us that day…

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His further consideration of the point was prevented…

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Chapter 38: A Struggle: When our time came…

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All this presented the art to me in a singular light…

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There was something in the picture of Mr Turveydrop…

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I gave him a little time to recover.

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I must say for Mr Guppy that the snuffling manner…

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Chapter 39; Attorney and Client: The name of Mr Vholes…

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The respectability of Mr Vholes has even been cited…

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‘Again nothing done!’ says Richard.

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Mr Vholes gives it a rap, and it sounds…

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Vholes finally adds, by way of rider…

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Is Richard a monster in all this…?

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Never since it has been a court has it had…

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Mr Guppy, slightly nudging his friend…

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Chapter 40: National and Domestic: England has been…

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But the fire of the sun is dying.

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Daily the cousins trot through dust…

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Volumnia had thought he might have been employed.

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‘A proposal which, as you correctly informed me…’

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Her head concedes it, and Volumnia is enchanted.

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Chapter 41: In Mr Tulkinghorn’s Room: Mr Tulkinghorn arrives

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‘Sir,’ she says, for the moment obliged to set her lips…

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He promptly says again, ‘Have the goodness… ‘

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She stands looking out at the same stars without a word.

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Chapter 42: In Mr Tulkinghorn’s Chambers: From the verdant…

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Mr Tulkinghorn had listened gravely to this…

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‘Having said this, have you anything else… ?’

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Chapter 43: Esther’s Narrative: It matters little now…

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Ada, glancing at me, said she thought it was a pity…

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My guardian looked at us with a smile,…

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Hearing that his examination (as he called it)…

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Ada and I conversed with these young ladies…

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The visitor was in the room while it was yet…

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Sir Leicester Dedlock coughed…

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Chapter 44: The Letter and the Answer: My guardian called me…

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He took it in his, holding me lightly…

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But he did not hint to me that when I had been… 06:38

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Chapter 45: In Trust: One morning when I had done…

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It appeared to us that Mr Vholes said…

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But when we got into a warm room…

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He was in that mood in which I thought it best…

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I will not repeat what I said to Richard.

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I felt as if he had greater commiseration for me…

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Chapter 46: Stop Him!: Darkness rests upon Tom-all-Alone’s.…

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A habit in him of speaking to the poor…

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Allan Woodcourt pauses to look after him…

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Jo looks all round the court again…

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‘Aye!’ says Allan. ‘Why, what had you been doing?’

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Chapter 47: Jo’s Will: As Allan Woodcourt and Jo…

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Miss Flite, mighty proud of the compliment…

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As he puts the question, he becomes aware…

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Phil Squod and Jo are sent out immediately…

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Mr Snagsby is behind his counter in his grey coat…

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The softened stationer deposits another half-crown…

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After watching him closely a little while…

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Chapter 48: Closing in: The place in Lincolnshire…

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The pretty face is checked in its flush of pleasure…

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Therefore there is not much that Lady Dedlock…

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‘I beg your pardon,’ interposes Mr Rouncewell’s…

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Sir Leicester considers himself evoked…

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‘If, sir,’ she begins, ‘in my knowledge of my secret – ‘…

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She removes her hand, turns her pale face towards him…

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A fine night, and a bright large moon…

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Has Mr Tulkinghorn been disturbed?

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Chapter 49; Dutiful Friendship: A great annual occasion…

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Quebec and Malta here exclaim, with clapping of hands…

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Mr George produces his present, which is greeted with…

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These blandishments have entirely won the family heart.

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Nothing could be more acceptable to the little circle…

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‘Now, George,’ says Mr Bucket…

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Chapter 50: Esther’s Narrative: It happened that…

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I felt in this short conversation…

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Then there was old Mr Turveydrop…

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I have not counted Mr Woodcourt among our visitors…

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As there was a little pause here…

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Chapter 51: Enlightened: When Mr Woodcourt arrived…

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Mr Woodcourt rather sternly rejoined…

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Afterwards, when Mr Woodcourt came to reflect…

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His hopefulness had long been more painful to me…

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Thus the time went on until it became necessary…

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Chapter 52: Obstinacy: But one other day…

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He scarcely seemed to be the prisoner.

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‘Pray think, once more, Mr George,’ said I.

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The door had been opened to admit…

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For an instant I felt such a shudder as I never felt before…

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Chapter 53: The Track: Mr Bucket and his fat forefinger…

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Not another word does Mr Bucket say…

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With that he returns to finish his dinner…

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Volumnia gives Mr Bucket to understand…

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The cousin, who has been casting sofa-pillows…

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The doors are thrown open…

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Chapter 54: Springing a Mine: Refreshed by sleep…

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Sir Leicester, leaning back in his chair…

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Sir Leicester sits like a statue…

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‘You don’t happen to know why they killed the pig…?’

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Mr Smallweed is quite clear that he had better not.

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While this exordium is in hand…

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Mr Bucket follows them to the door…

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Mademoiselle complies, saying in a concentrated voice…

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‘I went home, Sir Leicester Dedlock, Baronet…’

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Two things are especially observable… 05:17

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Mademoiselle Hortense, casting an indignant eye…

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Chapter 55: Flight: Inspector Bucket of the Detective…

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All this Mrs Bagnet now relates for the twentieth time…

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She can ask, and he can answer…

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Mrs Rouncewell, drawing up her stately form…

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‘Take her, my old friend, and take my gratitude…’

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Lady Dedlock raises her without one word…

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‘What have I to do with that, or what have you?’

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Chapter 56: Pursuit: Impassive, as behoves its high breeding…

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After making a survey of the room…

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The velocity and certainty of Mr Bucket’s interpretation…

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He completes his observations…

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Chapter 57: Esther’s Narrative; I had gone to bed…

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He gave me his arm, and the two officers…

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He had gone into every late or early public-house…

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We were now in front of the house…

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We set off again immediately.

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After another silence, the husband of the absent woman…

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I could eat nothing and could not sleep…

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A good endearing creature she was.

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Chapter 58: A Wintry Day and Night: Still impassive…

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And not the least amazing circumstance…

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The old housekeeper and her son remain…

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