Bleak House

Bleak House

by

Charles Dickens

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Tom Jarndyce Character Analysis

Tom Jarndyce is the grandfather of Richard Carstone and Ada Clare and the uncle of Mr. Jarndyce. Tom Jarndyce famously tried to solve Jarndyce and Jarndyce but went mad while he waited for a verdict and shot himself in the head outside of the court. He lived in Bleak House before Mr. Jarndyce inherited it.
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Tom Jarndyce Character Timeline in Bleak House

The timeline below shows where the character Tom Jarndyce appears in Bleak House. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1
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...have grown rich from it, most of the members of the Jarndyce family (including “old Tom Jarndyce ,” who shot himself outside the court) are long dead, and the case is still... (full context)
Chapter 5
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...a Clare, a Barbary, and a Dedlock involved in the suit and tells them that Tom Jarndyce spent a good deal of time in the shop. Krook says that Tom went slowly... (full context)
Chapter 8
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Mr. Jarndyce explains that Tom Jarndyce was his uncle, and that the house once belonged to him. When Tom Jarndyce tried... (full context)
Chapter 37
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...live “in an unfinished house.” Esther recalls Miss Flite’s words and the story of old Tom Jarndyce . Esther tries to remind him of Mr. Jarndyce’s warning, but Richard scoffs when he... (full context)