Mr. Chadband is a minister and pretends to be a deeply religious man. However, underneath this façade of piety, he is very greedy and interested in money. He eats a great deal and is described as an oily gentleman, which suggests that he is smarmy, gluttonous, and false. He is a friend of Mrs. Snagsby’s, who naively worships him, and is married to Mrs. Chadband. His wife used to be the maid of Miss Barbary, who is Esther Summerson’s aunt and the sister of Lady Dedlock. Mr. Chadband tries to save money and avoid paying for things at all costs. He tries to avoid paying for the cab he takes to the Snagsby’s house and, later, tries to extort money from Sir Leicester Dedlock when he discovers the link between Lady Dedlock and his wife and the fact that Lady Dedlock had an illegitimate child outside of her marriage.
Mr. Chadband Character Timeline in Bleak House
The timeline below shows where the character Mr. Chadband appears in Bleak House. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...introduced to the Chadbands. When she hears that Mr. Guppy works for Kenge and Carboy’s, Mrs. Chadband tells him that, before her marriage, she was the maid of a young child, named... (full context)
...and Mr. Smallweed is carried into the room, followed by Mrs. Snagsby and Mr. and Mrs. Chadband . Mr. Bucket introduces himself and Sir Leicester seems amazed by this intrusion. Mr. Smallweed... (full context)