Esther meets Dr. Woodcourt, who plans to be a ship surgeon. Lady Dedlock visits Jo concerning Nemo and later meets the Jarndyce wards. Charley is hired by Jarndyce, who later learns of the plans of ...
Tulkinghorn inquires into the death of Nemo, whose handwriting was recognized by Lady Dedlock. Later, Gumpy expresses his feelings for Esther, to her discomfort. Finally, the wheels of justice at the...
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This and the 2005 version can be regarded as complimentary to each other, as each contains elements of the story not present in the other. In general, the 1985 version is strong on BLEAK, and the 2005 version is strong on characterizations. But there is so much more to the novel than even both versions together have given us. For example, the character in the book who is most central to the story is NOT Lady Dedlock, but Esther Summerson -- in the novel, much of the story is told by her in the first person, and it is her goodness, her wisdom, and her selflessness that set up the needed perspective to the victim vs. victimizer nature of many of the other characters. But really, the problem is that the book is on such a vast scale, that watching either version is like listening to a 15-minute version of a Bruckner symphony. Ideally, some day someone will just go ahead and take the entire novel as it is and use it as the screenplay.
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