Bleak House

Bleak House

by

Charles Dickens

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Caddy Jellyby Character Analysis

Caddy Jellyby is the eldest daughter of Mrs. Jellyby and Mr. Jellyby and the older sister of Peepy. She becomes close friends with Esther Summerson and Ada Clare and marries Prince Turveydrop, her dance teacher. When Esther and Ada meet Caddy, she is working for her mother as a secretary and writing endless letters for Mrs. Jellyby’s philanthropic causes. Caddy hates her life and despises her mother, who neglects Caddy and her siblings and has never taught Caddy to keep house or given her an education. Rebelling against her mother’s unconventional lifestyle, Caddy decides to marry for love and dedicate all her time to becoming a wife and mother. She is a good-natured, industrious girl, and she and Prince work extremely hard to keep his father, Mr. Turveydrop, in the lifestyle he is accustomed to, which is a very lavish one. Although married life is hard work, Caddy is deliriously happy in her marriage and is always thankful to Esther, who makes the effort to arrange Caddy’s wedding and who teaches her to manage her home.

Caddy Jellyby Quotes in Bleak House

The Bleak House quotes below are all either spoken by Caddy Jellyby or refer to Caddy Jellyby. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Wordsworth edition of Bleak House published in 1993.
Chapter 5 Quotes

‘We are never to get out of Chancery! We have come by another way to our place of meeting yesterday, and—by the Great Seal, here’s the old lady again!’

Page Number: 43
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A little way within the shop-door, lay heaps of old crackled parchment scrolls, and discolored and dog’s-eared law- papers […] One had only to fancy, as Richard whispered to Ada and me while we all stood looking in, that yonder bones in a corner, piled together and picked very clean, were the bones of clients, to make the picture complete.

Page Number: 45
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She partly drew aside the curtain of the long low garret-window, and called our attention to a number of bird-cages hanging there: some containing several birds. There were larks, linnets, and goldfinches—I should think at least twenty. ‘I began to keep the little creatures,’ she said, ‘with an object that the wards will readily comprehend. With the intention of restoring them to liberty. When my judgment should be given. Ye-es! They die in prison, though. Their lives, poor silly things, are so short in comparison with Chancery proceedings, that, one by one, the whole collection has died over and over again.’

Related Characters: Esther Summerson (speaker), Miss Flite (speaker), Ada Clare, Richard Carstone, Caddy Jellyby
Related Symbols: Miss Flite’s Birds
Page Number: 49
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Chapter 30 Quotes

One other singularity was, that nobody with a mission—except Mr Quale, whose mission, as I think I have formerly said, was to be in ecstasies with everybody’s mission—cared at all for anybody’s mission. Mrs Pardiggle being as clear that the only one infallible course was her course of pouncing upon the poor, and applying benevolence to them like a strait-waistcoat; as Miss Wisk was that the only practical thing for the world was the emancipation of Woman from the thraldom of her Tyrant, Man. Mrs Jellyby, all the while, sat smiling at the limited vision that could see anything but Borrioboola-Gha.

Page Number: 362
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Caddy Jellyby Character Timeline in Bleak House

The timeline below shows where the character Caddy Jellyby appears in Bleak House. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 4
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...to private philanthropists to raise funds for the project. The girl in the corner is Caddy, Mrs. Jellyby’s eldest daughter. The small boy who fell down the stairs comes in crying,... (full context)
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Mrs. Jellyby asks Caddy to show Esther and Ada to their room, and Esther carries Peepy up with her... (full context)
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Ada falls asleep quickly, but Esther lies awake. Caddy comes to the door to say goodnight, so Esther invites her in. Caddy bitterly announces... (full context)
Chapter 5
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The next morning, Caddy suggests that the group go for a walk before Mrs. Jellyby gets up. Esther washes... (full context)
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Richard and Ada catch up with Esther and Caddy. Richard announces that they have inadvertently walked back to Chancery, and that the same mad... (full context)
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...relatives. Richard says cheerily that he will never allow the case to make them enemies. Caddy squeezes Esther’s arm knowingly as they make their way back to Mrs. Jellyby’s. From here,... (full context)
Chapter 14
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A short while before they leave London, Caddy comes to visit Ada and Esther and brings Peepy with her. She tells them that... (full context)
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Caddy is engaged to her dancing master, Prince Turveydrop, whose father, Mr. Turveydrop, is a very... (full context)
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...at the dance studio the next day, just as a lesson is about to begin. Caddy hurriedly introduces them to Prince before his father, Mr. Turveydrop, enters the room. His father... (full context)
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...of for the rest of the day. He affectionately bids the older man, and then Caddy, farewell and hurries off. Esther likes Prince a lot but feels quite baffled by his... (full context)
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On their way, Caddy tells Esther that Prince worked for his father through his childhood and, consequently, cannot read... (full context)
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As they arrive at Krook’s, Caddy tells Esther that the other lodger has died, and that Miss Flite has been ill... (full context)
Chapter 17
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Esther keeps herself busy for the rest of the day and is surprised when Caddy comes to see her. Caddy gives Esther a bunch of flowers, and Esther thinks that... (full context)
Chapter 23
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...disturbed by this and worries for Richard’s future. She leaves Richard and goes to meet Caddy, who is delighted to see her. Caddy takes her to the dance studio and tells... (full context)
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They find Mr. Turveydrop in his rooms, and Caddy and Prince kneel before him while Esther watches. When Prince tells his father of his... (full context)
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Caddy is amazed by her father-in-law’s generosity and she and Esther set off to tell Mrs.... (full context)
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Mrs. Jellyby regrets that Caddy will not marry Mr. Quale—who is an eminent philanthropist—but Caddy insists she has always hated... (full context)
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Esther leads Caddy downstairs, where they find the children playing on the floor. Esther comforts Caddy, who is... (full context)
Chapter 30
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After Mrs. Woodcourt’s departure, Caddy comes to stay and asks Ada and Esther to help her plan her wedding and... (full context)
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On the evening before Caddy’s wedding, Esther and Ada go with her to Mrs. Jellyby’s and try to make the... (full context)
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Caddy looks very happy and pleasant for her wedding, and they arrange a meal for the... (full context)
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...marriage. Mr. Jarndyce assures her he does. Ada agrees, and Esther is very happy for Caddy and Prince. (full context)
Chapter 35
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Esther cannot explain this but thinks that the woman may be Caddy. Miss Flite suggests that the woman is the Lord Chancellor’s wife and Esther busies herself... (full context)
Chapter 38
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Esther returns to Bleak House and immediately travels up to London to visit Caddy and Prince. Caddy tells Esther that she and her new husband have been extremely busy,... (full context)
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Caddy is also learning to dance and play the piano, and she and Esther attend a... (full context)
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Esther takes Caddy with her to Mr. Guppy’s house and is invited in by Mrs. Guppy, his mother.... (full context)
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...Mr. Guppy agrees to do this and Esther thanks him and makes to leave with Caddy. As they make their way out, however, Mr. Guppy stops Esther and makes it clear... (full context)
Chapter 50
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Esther hears that Caddy, who has recently given birth to a little girl, is ill and goes to visit... (full context)
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Ada often comes to visit Caddy, as does Mrs. Jellyby—although she only talks about her mission during these visits. Mr. Turveydrop... (full context)
Chapter 65
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...to be with Richard, who is very feeble and sick. On their way, they pass Caddy, who has heard about Esther’s wedding and is extremely excited to talk to her about... (full context)
Chapter 67
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Caddy and Prince are very happy and industrious. Caddy’s little girl is deaf and cannot speak,... (full context)