I don't recall that Mr. Jarndyce ever showed any personal interest in gaining the suppose fortune. Does he? I'd have to reread myself.
: How long since you guys read Bleak House?
: Didn't the book club read it around 04 ?
: I'm a little over halfway through now. I'm
: enjoying it but not as well as I remember.
: There is something about Dickens. For some
: reason, he was just about the last really
: big author that I got around to rereading.
: Great Expectations is the only one I've read
: three times. Even though I've called Bleak
: House my favorite, it's been at least
: fifteen years since I read it. Perhaps, by
: the end, I'll feel that I've enjoyed it as
: much as before. We'll see.
: I am wondering about something this time
: that I don't think I wondered before. At
: least I don't remember wondering it. What
: did you guys think of the benefactor, the
: guardian, Mr Jarndyce? This time, I feel
: rather suspicious of him. He says himself at
: one moment that lawyers have told Rick there
: is a conflict of interest. I wonder if he is
: playing a game of 'keep your friends close,
: your enemies closer'. Taking care of the
: wards would be a small price to pay for
: retaining control of the fortune. I even
: wondered if his letting the very ill Jo come
: into the house against the protest of
: Skimpole was a calculated attempt to rid
: himself of one or more of the wards. For
: some reason I imagine the illness to be
: smallpox. If Jarndyce had already survived
: it, he could feel safe from it, right? What
: do you think of my suspicions?
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