Bleak House - Chapter 25-28 Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 25-28 Summary

Mrs. Snagsby is worried about the real identity of Nemo and even more preoccupied about Jo and his revelations about the woman he met. She searches her husband's pockets, letters, ledgers, and tills. Mr. Snagsby is also vigilant, and frightened by his experiences. Jo is absent. despite being told to see the Snagsbys and Mrs. Snagsby suspects that someone must have told him to do so. In the end, Jo is delivered by Guster from Cook's Court so that Mrs. Snagsby can examine his connection with her husband. Mr. Chadband lectures Jo about truth.

Chapter 26 opens at the shooting gallery, where George listens to his apprentice's life history. Phil Squod failed as a tinker due to his lack of singing and playing abilities. He was blown by the fire, ran against hot metal, and scorched. Such incidents affected his appearance.

Mr. Smallweed visits them with Judy. He knows that Richard Carstone has debts paid by his friends. Most of all, he wants from George Captain Hawdon's handwriting so that Mr. Tulkinghorn can compare it with the writing he has. Mr. George refuses to do so until he learns more about everything. He hides Hawdon's last instructions in his breast, unaware that Mr. Smallweed noticed it. They go to see Mr. Tulkinghorn.

In Chapter 27 Mr. George, Mr Smallweed and Judy appear at Mr. Tulkinghorn's place. Mr. George admits that he served under Captain Hawdon's but refuses to hand any of his handwriting. Mr. Tulkinghorn considers it a business transaction but Mr. George wants to consult his friends about it. M.r Smallweed tells Mr. Tulkinghorn that he has seen Mr. George hiding something and announces that he will force him to give it up.

Mr. George asks his friend, Matthew Bagnet and his wife for advice. They were also soldiers, now owning a musical shop. Mrs. Bagnet concludes that George should stay away from the matter. Mr. George relates his decision to Mr. Tulkinghorn. Mr. Tulkinghorn warns Mr. George that he knows of Mr. Gridley hiding previously in his place. He tells Mr. George, as he leaves, that he thinks Mr. Gridley is dangerous. As Mr. Guppy just arrives, he thinks these last words refer to Mr. George.

In Chapter 28 Sir Dedlock entertains his visitors, including poor relations, such as Volumnia Dedlock, who survives by visiting richer relatives and remains unmarried even though she has talents involving singing and cutting ornaments.

Mrs. Rouncewell's son, an ironmaster, is invited to the parliament but he declines the invitation. He has novel views that include demanding a better education for women such as Rosa. Only if she is educated can she become his son's wife. Sir Leicester disagrees, which prompts Mr. Rouncewell to ask his son to abandon his love interest.

Chapter 25-28 Analysis

Mrs. Snagsby finds her husband's behavior suspicious especially in relation to the treatment of young Jo. She displays a propensity in becoming obsessive in matters that are out of the ordinary that she cannot explain. Her attention is particularly directed towards Jo. Such attitude indicates the unhappy life she and her husband have created. Her investigations about Jo and following her own husband fail to clarify anything to her. She forms an impression that everybody is plotting against her that complicates her own and her husband's life.

Mr. Chadband lectures Jo about truth. Such meeting helps little Jo in overcoming his problems but it gives Mr. Chadband an impression that he managed to help him somehow and provide him with a feeling of satisfaction and self-gratification. Jo is only happy to disappear, confusing Mrs. Snagsby even more.

George and Phil are discussing their past while getting ready for breakfast. They are interrupted by the arrival of Mr. Smallweed and his granddaughter Judy to inquire about Hadown's writing that may be in George's possession. Hawdon's writing may help Mr. Tulkinghorn compare it with his sample. Mr. Smallweed never misses any opportunity to make money, regardless of the consequences. Phil is devoted to George and ready to sacrifice for him. Mr. George appears to be warm-hearted, generous, and kind.

Mr. George and Mr. Smallweed arrive at Lincoln's Inn Fields. Mr. George recognizes his name and admires his wealth, but he is disciplined and careful of any entanglement. He consults with the Bagnets about the decision to hand over a piece of Hawdon's writing.

The Bagnets appear honest and direct. Mr. George fully trusts Mrs. Bagnet who is also opposed to getting involved in matters that are mysterious, underhanded or not understood. Her family, apart from Bleak House, seems to be the only family maintaining happy relations, values, and love. It is also evident that Mr. George has their trust; they can rely on him as well as he can on them.

George informs Mr. Tulkinghorn that he has not changed his mind and is not going to help him. Mr. Tulkinghorn immediately resorts to threats, telling of Mr. Gridley who used to hide at Mr. George's place.

Sir Leicester Dedlock recovers from his gout and is visited by his relatives, including Volumnia Dedlock. His engagement in politics has no particular benefit as most vital matters fail to be executed. Sir Leicester can only address the shortcomings that the country is facing rather than remedies. Inefficiency of the system presents a gloomy prospect. He maintains his conservative view that education is not essential for people like Rosa.

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