Bleak House By Charles Dickens Summary and Analysis Chapter 39 - Attorney and Client

Mr. Vholes, Richard's far-from-honest lawyer, asks Richard for an advance of twenty pounds. Observing Richard, Weevle says to Guppy that Richard's is a case of "smouldering" (rather than "spontaneous") combustion.


Summary

Mr. Vholes, Richard's far-from-honest lawyer, asks Richard for an advance of twenty pounds. Observing Richard, Weevle says to Guppy that Richard's is a case of "smouldering" (rather than "spontaneous") combustion.

It occurs to Guppy that Captain Hawdon's papers may have survived the incineration of Krook. Grandfather Smallweed (in the company of Judy and Tulkinghorn, who is acting as Smallweed's solicitor) is already at Krook's place, searching through a litter of papers. No one finds anything of any value.

Analysis

By standing up to the vile but powerful Tulkinghorn, Guppy slightly redeems himself from the absurdity which he epitomized in the preceding chapter. Grandfather Smallweed's greed and Tulkinghorn's obsession remain prominent.

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