I love the title of Chapter X, "Clearing up all Doubts (if any existed) of the Disinterestedness of Mr. Jingle's Character!" Huh. :) In the first five paragraphs Dickens demonstrates his marvelously 'visual' descriptive skills. For example, while giving a bit of history of inns,
a one than the White Hart--that a man was busily employed
in brushing the dirt off a pair of boots...He was habited in a coarse-striped waistcoat, with balck calico sleeves
and blue glass buttons; drab breeches and leggings.
A bright red handkerchief was wound in a very loose and unstudied style round his neck, and an old white hat
was carelessly thrown on one side of his head.
There were two rows of boots before him, one cleaned and
the other, and at every addition he made to the clean row,
he paused from his work, and contemplated its results
with evident satisfaction. (118)
|I prefer this color illustration, |
though, of course, all are
black and white in the book.
Oh, the drama with which Chapter XI begins! Pickwick and Wardle return to Manor Farm with Miss Rachael in tow, but it seems Tracy Tupman (or "Tuppy," per Mr. Jingle) has left Manor Farm, but not without leaving a note behind.