Bleak House

Bleak House

by

Charles Dickens

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Prince Turveydrop Character Analysis

Prince Turveydrop is a dance teacher, the son of Mr. Turveydrop, and the husband of Caddy Jellyby. Prince is a sweet, earnest, and hard-working young man who goes out of his way to make sure that his father, who has pretensions of being an aristocrat even though he is not of noble birth, is able to live a lavish lifestyle. Prince is dedicated to his father and is completely convinced that his father is extremely important in the London social scene and in fashionable circles. Prince is a loving and naïve son, as he never questions why he and his wife have to work so hard to sustain his father’s lavish and leisurely lifestyle.

Prince Turveydrop Quotes in Bleak House

The Bleak House quotes below are all either spoken by Prince Turveydrop or refer to Prince Turveydrop. 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 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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Prince Turveydrop Character Timeline in Bleak House

The timeline below shows where the character Prince Turveydrop appears in Bleak House. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 14
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Caddy is engaged to her dancing master, Prince Turveydrop, whose father, Mr. Turveydrop, is a very noble man. They have often met in... (full context)
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...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 is lavishly dressed, extremely genteel,... (full context)
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While Prince begins the dance lesson, a woman who has brought in two pupils tells Esther that... (full context)
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...of “deportment.” Even his son, he complains, has no real style. Esther tries to defend Prince’s hard work in the class, but Mr. Turveydrop condescendingly dismisses her opinion. (full context)
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The lesson ends and Mr. Turveydrop reminds Prince that he has another lesson elsewhere that he must hurry to attend. Prince gets ready... (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 and write well. Caddy,... (full context)
Chapter 17
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...gives Esther a bunch of flowers, and Esther thinks that they are Caddy’s and that Prince given them to her. Caddy, however, tells Esther that the flowers were left for her... (full context)
Chapter 23
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...takes her to the dance studio and tells her how things are between her and Prince. She has convinced Prince that he must tell his father of their engagement and hopes... (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 engagement, Mr.... (full context)
Chapter 30
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...bridesmaids. Mr. Jellyby has recovered from bankruptcy and become friends with Mr. Turveydrop. Caddy and Prince have now agreed to live with Mr. Turveydrop when they are married. Caddy worries that... (full context)
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...Jarndyce assures her he does. Ada agrees, and Esther is very happy for Caddy and Prince. (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, but that... (full context)
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...piano, and she and Esther attend a dance class together with the apprentices. After this, Prince goes out to teach at a school, and Caddy and Esther get ready to go... (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, but Caddy... (full context)