Bleak House By Charles Dickens Summary and Analysis Chapter 46 - Stop Him!

Walking in Tom-all-Alone's toward dawn, Allan Woodcourt sees a woman (Jenny, the brickmaker's wife from St. Albans) with a badly bruised forehead. She allows him to treat it. Continuing his walk, he catches a glimpse of a shabbily dressed boy (Jo), whom he vaguely remembers. A few moments later, he sees the boy being chased by Jenny. Thinking that Jo may have robbed her, Allan chases and finally catches the boy. Jenny, however, only wanted to talk to him. Earlier, she had bought medicine for him and nursed him when he was ill with the sickness that eventually infected Esther.


Summary

Walking in Tom-all-Alone's toward dawn, Allan Woodcourt sees a woman (Jenny, the brickmaker's wife from St. Albans) with a badly bruised forehead. She allows him to treat it. Continuing his walk, he catches a glimpse of a shabbily dressed boy (Jo), whom he vaguely remembers. A few moments later, he sees the boy being chased by Jenny. Thinking that Jo may have robbed her, Allan chases and finally catches the boy. Jenny, however, only wanted to talk to him. Earlier, she had bought medicine for him and nursed him when he was ill with the sickness that eventually infected Esther.

Jo tells his story. He ran away from the young Lady (Esther) who had taken charge of him during his fever and was then found by a man (Detective Bucket), who took him to a "horsepittle." The doctor tells Jo to come with him, and the two leave Tom-all-Alone's and emerge into "purer air."

Analysis

In encountering Jenny and Jo, Allan Woodcourt is drawn more closely into Esther's concerns. The chapter satisfies the reader's curiosity about the disappearance of Jo.

Back to Top

Take the Quiz

Before Allan Woodcourt sails away to China and India as a ship's surgeon, he leaves behind a




Quiz