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Of Growleries and Turveydrops (Part II)

December 28, 2007

Bleak House revolves around a tangly equity case known as Jarndyce and Jarndyce and the quagmire that was the Court of Chancery in 19th century England. OK, so it’s not cars transforming into giant robots, but the main plot is merely the skeleton on which Dickens hangs his masterful characterizations, brilliant insights, and (numerous) engaging subplots.

As befitting a soap opera — albeit a posh, high-end one — the miniseries treats viewers to plenty of stolen furtive glances, announced and unannounced entrances, and, of course, dramatic reveals.

The American actress Gillian Anderson transformed herself remarkably to play the gaunt, mysterious Lady Dedlock, queen of furtive glances, announced and unannounced entrances, and dramatic reveals.


Lady Dedlock: Behind her fatigued manner is…more fatigue?

As the calculating lawyer Mr. Tulkinghorn, Charles Dance casts far more withering glances than furtive ones. He also saves a good deal of his withering for the aforementioned Lady Dedlock. There’s some history there. (Give it a few hours.)


Mr. Tulkinghorn: Buddies with Sir Leicester; Lady Dedlock, not so much.

To be continued…

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