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Bleak House - Charles Dickens

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BLEAK HOUSE

by Charles Dickens

PREFACE


A Chancery judge once had the kindness to inform me, as one of a 
company of some hundred and fifty men and women not labouring under 
any suspicions of lunacy, that the Court of Chancery, though the 
shining subject of much popular prejudice (at which point I thought 
the judge's eye had a cast in my direction), was almost immaculate.  
There had been, he admitted, a trivial blemish or so in its rate of 
progress, but this was exaggerated and had been entirely owing to 
the "parsimony of the public," which guilty public, it appeared, 
had been until lately bent in the most determined manner on by no 
means enlarging the number of Chancery judges appointed--I believe 
by Richard the Second, but any other king will do as well.

This seemed to me too profound a joke to be inserted in the body of 
this book or I should have restored it to Conversation Kenge or to 
Mr. Vholes, with one or other of whom I think it must have 
originated.  In such mouths I might have coupled it with an apt 
quotation from one of Shakespeare's sonnets:

"My nature is subdued
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