Mr. Snagsby, Mrs. Snagsby’s husband, runs a law stationer’s shop near the court of Chancery and hires many freelance law writers, including the elusive Nemo, or Captain Hawdon. Mr. Snagsby is a mild-mannered, overweight man who is naturally very sympathetic to the suffering of others. He often gives money to Jo, the urchin who sweeps the streets outside his shop. The neighbors believe that Mrs. Snagsby bullies her husband, because she is left in charge of the business and is an aggressive and volatile woman. However, Mr. Snagsby is quite happy with this relationship and prefers to daydream and to have a quiet life than to make his wife unhappy. He is often dismayed by his wife’s suspicions; she is very imaginative and accuses him of being caught up in all sorts of conspiracies against her. Mr. Snagsby becomes embroiled in the Dedlock mystery when Mr. Bucket takes him to find Jo, whom Lady Dedlock has been to visit in secret because she wants him to show her the location of Captain Hawdon’s grave. Mr. Snagsby never understands his role in the situation—Mr. Bucket knows that Jo is friendly with Mr. Snagsby and thinks the boy is more likely to come with him if he is with a friend—and becomes paranoid and anxious until Mr. Bucket sets him right at the novel’s end.
Mr. Snagsby Character Timeline in Bleak House
The timeline below shows where the character Mr. Snagsby appears in Bleak House. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...young man, Mr. Guppy, arrives at this moment and joins the conversation. He greets Mr. Snagsby and tells him that he thought he’d better intervene on Jo’s behalf. The policeman knows... (full context)
...pair walk through the city, and when they reach Tom-all-Alone’s, another policeman joins them. Mr. Snagsby notices that Mr. Bucket never walks entirely in a straight line and that he makes... (full context)
A servant interrupts them, 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... (full context)