Read By – Roy Dotrice.
The Pickwick Papers was the first novel by Charles Dickens. He worked a serious subject into the comedic novel, that of the injustice of the justice system. In a very funny scene, Pickwick tries to talk his landlady, Mrs. Bardell, about Sam Weller moving into the house. She misunderstands and thinks he is proposing marriage. Later she sues for breach of promise. The novel is full of humorous quotes dealing with the legal system: Why, I don’t exactly know about perjury, my dear sir, replied the little gentleman. Harsh word, my dear sir, very harsh word indeed. It’s a legal fiction, my dear sir, nothing more.
His money always as good as the bank-always. As Mrs. Bardell said this, she applied her handkerchief to her eyes, and went out of the room to get the receipt. Sam well knew that he had only to remain quiet, and the women were sure to talk; so he looked alternately at the tin saucepan, the toasted cheese, the wall, and the ceiling, in profound silence. Poor dear!' said Mrs. Cluppins. Ah, poor thing!' replied Mrs. Sanders.
Son Charles Culliford (Charley) Dickens Born. The Pickwick Papers, which Dickens sets in the late 1820's, has Samuel Pickwick and his fellow travelers tour southern England by coach. This manner of travel began to disappear in the next decade as the railway covered Britain. When Mr. Pickwick's landlady, Mrs. Bardell, brings a breach of promise suit against him and wins, the innocent Pickwick refuses to pay the damages, opting instead to be consigned to the Fleet debtor's prison. Upon entering the Fleet he undergoes an initiation known as "sitting for your portrait" where all of the turnkeys (jailers) study Mr. Pickwick's appearance to differentiate him from visitors to the prison who are allowed to come and go during the day.
It's only a subpoena in Bardell and Pickwick on behalf of the plaintiff,' replied Jackson, singling out one of the slips of paper, and producing a shilling from his waistcoat pocket. It'll come on, in the settens after Term; fourteenth of Febooary, we expect; we've marked it a special jury cause, and it's only ten down the paper. Mr. Pickwick is the defendant in Bardell and Pickwick, Serjeant Snubbin,' said Perker. I am retained in that, am I?' said the Serjeant. You are, Sir,' replied Perker.
Bardell and Pickwick,’ cried the gentleman in black, calling on the case, which stood first on the list. I am for the plaintiff, my Lord,’ said Mr. Serjeant Buzfuz. Who is with you, Brother Buzfuz?’ said the judge.
Pickwick is a musical with a book by Wolf Mankowitz, music by Cyril Ornadel, and lyrics by Leslie Bricusse. Based on The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens, it is set in and around London and Rochester in 1828. Produced by Bernard Delfont, Pickwick premiered in the West End in 1963, with Harry Secombe in the lead role and choreography by Gillian Lynne
The law hassince been changed, and by later Acts both Mrs. Bardell and Mr. Pickwickwould have been allowed to tell their stories and to have beencross-examined. Mrs. Bardell was almost justified in supposing that M. ickwick was offering his hand when he was merely speaking of engaging aman-servant. But then the whole would have been spoiled. Under thepresent systems, this would all have come out. Pickwick, when itcame to his turn, would have explained what his proceedings meant. It isa most perfect and vivid satire on the hackneyed methods of the lawyerswhen dealing with the witnesses.
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Pickwick, with his usual foresight and sagacity, had chosen a peculiarly desirable moment for his visit to the borough. Never was such a contest known. The Honourable Samuel Slumkey, of Slumkey Hall, was the Blue candidate; and Horatio Fizkin, Es. of Fizkin Lodge, near Eatanswill, had been prevailed upon by his friends to stand forward on the Buff interest. As neither Mr. Pickwick nor his companions took any vital interest in the cause of either candidate, the question was rather a difficult one to answer. In this dilemma Mr. Pickwick bethought himself of his new friend, Mr. Perker. Do you know a gentleman of the name of Perker?' inquired Mr. Pickwick.
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- Read By – Roy Dotrice
- Written-By – Charles Dickens