Bleak House by Charles Dickens: Chapter 8 Covering a Multitude of Sins

Analysis of Chapter 8 Covering a Multitude of Sins

“There were two classes of charitable people; one, the people who did a little and made a great deal of noise; the other, the people who did a great deal and made no noise at all.”

Here it brings, Mrs. Pardiggle, who obviously belongs to the former group. “She seemed to come in like cold weather, and to make the little Pardiggles blue as they followed.” This immediately outlines the relationship between the mother and the kids. Mr. P is a tyrant in the family and she gained superiority by manipulate her children and her husband and make a pretense of charity. This kind of wholesale charity obviously benefit no one but the dragon woman herself.

Sometimes I feel sick to see people claim they spread love and faith to fellow human being, save them from ignorance and give them chance to see the beauty of the sole truth. These people, know not a bit of true misery–they live well, bought expensive cosmetic,clothes and commodities, have good education, never need to worry about earning bread to support family. Their knowledge come from the same source, never changed,; they never listen and never use their sympathy to understand others; they satisfy their need of superiority by forcing their knowledge and judgement on others.

Not much to say for this chapter as after reading it, I felt a bit upset. Like Mr. J, I might need to retreat to “the Growlery” to take refuge from the “East Wind”.


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