The labyrinthine plot of Bleak House focuses on a seemingly endless inheritance dispute. Dozens of characters, including the innocent young narrator Esther Summerson, her friends Richard Carstone and Ada Clare, and the jaded aristocrats Sir and Lady Dedlock, are directly or indirectly caught up in the case. Written in bold and inventive language, it is Dicken's epic vision of Victorian society. The critical introduction and appendices to this edition focus on the novel's social context and reception.
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