Charles proposes to Catherine Hogarth and she happily accepts. Kate is frightened by the prospect of marriage however and also with her new husband's determination. Charles has his first great success with his serialization of the Pickwick Papers. Sales are not what he expected and he does have issues with Mr. Seymour, the illustrator for the series. With an advance on the first two stories, Charles sets out to furnish his new home. His father, in need of money as usual, is lying in wait. Charles draws the line, though he still gives him some money.