Mrs. Snagsby is the wife of Mr. Snagsby, who runs the law stationer’s shop outside the court of Chancery. She is a high-strung and emotionally volatile woman with an overactive imagination. Although her husband is loyal and mild mannered, Mrs. Snagsby suspects that he is unfaithful to her and thinks that Jo, the urchin who sweeps the streets outside the shop and whom Mr. Snagsby often gives money to, is Mr. Snagsby’s illegitimate son. Mrs. Snagsby lets these delusions carry her away to such an extent that she becomes completely paranoid and follows her husband around looking for evidence of his infidelity. She becomes extremely upset at the thought of this and takes her anger out on her unfortunate servant, Guster. She is a religious and a gullible woman and is in the thrall of the lecherous Mr. Chadband, who presents a pious face to the world but is really a smarmy, petty criminal.
Mrs. Snagsby Character Timeline in Bleak House
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...and is popular with the apprentices in the shop as well as Mr. Snagsby himself. Mrs. Snagsby also appreciates Guster because she can take her anger out on her. Despite her mistress’s... (full context)
...to have guests. Mr. Chadband, a minister, and his wife, Mrs. Chadband, are friends of Mrs. Snagsby , who is a staunchly religious woman. Guster lays out tea in the drawing room—for... (full context)
...Snagsby. Jo’s story has piqued Mr. Guppy’s interest, and he wishes to interrogate the boy. Mrs. Snagsby invites Mr. Guppy upstairs, and Mr. Guppy politely agrees and takes Jo up with him.... (full context)
...when Mr. Woodcourt appears, because he assumes that he is connected to the mystery, which Mrs. Snagsby has set out to solve. Mr. Snagsby tells Mr. Woodcourt that living with his wife... (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)