Chapters 43-46 Summary

Esther, who avoids talking about Lady Dedlock, discusses Richard with Ada and Mr. Jarndyce. They believe that Richard is totally lost to the Jarndyce and Jarndyce case. Esther tells Mr. Jarndyce that Mr. Skimpole has been encouraging Richard. Mr. Jarndyce and the ladies go to visit Mr. Skimpole in his lodgings, where they meet his wife and daughters. He explains that he cannot stop encouraging Richard because he knows nothing about the lawsuit. That evening, Sir Leicester visits Bleak House to apologize that Mr. Skimpole was not allowed to view the artwork. He explains that Mr. Boythorn’s guests are unwelcome because he is having a disagreement with Mr. Boythorn.

Esther can no longer keep her secret to herself. She...

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