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Introduction

Introduction D E B R A G E T T E L M A N eaders o f Bleak House (1853) m ay w e ll re m e m be r a scene in w h ich Dickens not o n ly bring s to g e th e r several diffe re n t plots, b u t e x p lic itly alludes to th e novel's m u ltip licity. W hen Esther S um m e rson goes to the brickm akers' cottage to aid the ailin g Jo, he mistakes her fo r tw o o th er ladies he has encountered, Lady Dedlock and the Lady's French maid. '" I f she a in 't the t'o th e r one, she a in 't th e forrenner. Is there three o f 'em , th e n ? "' Jo asks.1 The illitera te orphan's c on fusio n has, iro n ic a lly enough, likely seemed to m any readers to describe the experience o f reading Bleak House. Reading th e novel can be a dizzying process o f addition, if n o t m u ltip lic a http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png English Language Notes Duke University Press

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Copyright
Copyright © 2008 Regents of the University of Colorado
ISSN
0013-8282
eISSN
2573-3575
DOI
10.1215/00138282-46.1.91
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Abstract

D E B R A G E T T E L M A N eaders o f Bleak House (1853) m ay w e ll re m e m be r a scene in w h ich Dickens not o n ly bring s to g e th e r several diffe re n t plots, b u t e x p lic itly alludes to th e novel's m u ltip licity. W hen Esther S um m e rson goes to the brickm akers' cottage to aid the ailin g Jo, he mistakes her fo r tw o o th er ladies he has encountered, Lady Dedlock and the Lady's French maid. '" I f she a in 't the t'o th e r one, she a in 't th e forrenner. Is there three o f 'em , th e n ? "' Jo asks.1 The illitera te orphan's c on fusio n has, iro n ic a lly enough, likely seemed to m any readers to describe the experience o f reading Bleak House. Reading th e novel can be a dizzying process o f addition, if n o t m u ltip lic a

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English Language NotesDuke University Press

Published: Mar 1, 2008

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