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Young Esther Summerson, brought up as an orphan, is summoned to London by her guardian's solicitors. She is to meet the Wards of Court in Jarndyce and Jarndyce court case over a will, .. show full overview
Esther is entrusted with the running of Bleak House.
Lady Dedlock ceases the case, Esther refuses an offer of marriage and Miss Flite collapses after a court hearing.
Lady Dedlock persuades Jo, a young crossing sweeper, to show her the haunts of the late Captain Hawdon. Richard's intended engagement to Ada perturbs Jarndyce, who considers it hasty, and they argue.
Smallweed presses George for documents in Captain Hawdon's handwriting, while Jo is questioned about the 'Lady' Tulkinghorn showed around London.
Esther becomes ill with smallpox, while Smallweed inherits Krook's property.
Esther, severely scarred, has recovered from smallpox. She meets Lady Dedlock, who confesses that she is her mother. Jo has been found desperately ill and living rough, but dies soon .. show full overview
Richard, now married to Ada, continues the legal cause of Jarndyce.
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