The Pickwick Papers

The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club


Charles Dickens


The Pickwickians

The First Day’s Journey, and the First Evening’s Adventures; with Their Consequences

A New Acquaintance—The Stroller’s Tale—A Disagreeable Interruption, and an Unpleasant Encounter

A Field Day and Bivouac—More New Friends— An Invitation to the Country

A Short One—Showing, Among Other Matters, How Mr. Pickwick Undertook to Drive, and Mr. Winkle to Ride, and How They Both Did It

An Old-Fashioned Card-Party—The Clergyman’s Verses— The Story of the Convict’s Return

How Mr. Winkle, Instead of Shooting at the Pigeon and Killing the Crow, Shot at the Crow and Wounded the Pigeon; How the Dingley Dell Cricket Club Played All-Muggleton, and How All-Muggleton Dined at the Dingley Dell Expense; with Other Interesting and Instructive Matters

Strongly Illustrative of the Position, That the Course of True Love is Not a Railway

A Discovery and a Chase

Clearing Up All Doubts (If Any Existed) of the Disinterestedness of Mr. A. Jingle’s Character

Involving Another Journey, and an Antiquarian Discovery; Recording Mr. Pickwick’s Determination to be Present at an Election; and Containing a Manuscript of the Old Clergyman’s

Descriptive of a Very Important Proceeding on the Part of Mr. Pickwick; No Less an Epoch in His LIfe, Than in This History

Some Account of Eatanswill; of the State of Parties Therein; and of the Election of a Member to Serve in Parliament for that Ancient, Loyal, and Patriotic Borough

Comprising a Brief Description of the Company at the Peacock Assembled; and a Tale Told by a Bagman

In Which is Given a Faithful Portraiture of Two Distinguished Persons; and an Accurate Description of a Public Breakfast in Their House and Grounds: Which Public Breakfast Leads to the Recognition of an Old Acquaintance, and the Commencement of Another Chapter

Too Full of Adventure to be Briefly Described

Showing that an Attack of Rheumatism, in Some Cases, Acts as a Quickener to Inventive Genius

Briefly Illustrative of Two Points; First, the Power of Hysterics, And, Secondly, the Force of Circumstances

A Pleasant Day with an Unpleasant Termination

Showing How Dodson and Fogg Were Men of Business, and Their Clerks Men of Pleasure; and How an Affecting Interview Took Place Between Mr. Weller and His Long-Lost Parent; Showing Also What Choice Spirits Assembled at the Magpie and Stump, and What a Capital Chapter the Next One Will Be

In Which the Old Man Launches Forth Into His Favourite Theme, and Relates a Story About a Queer Client

Mr. Pickwick Journeys to Ipswich and Meets with a Romantic Adventure with a Middle-Aged Lady in Yellow Curl-Papers

In Which Mr. Samuel Weller Begins to Devote His Energies to the Return Match Between Himself and Mr. Trotter

Wherein Mr. Peter Magnus Grows Jealous, and the Middle-Aged Lady Apprehensive, Which Brings the Pickwickians Within the Grasp of the Law

Showing, Among a Variety of Pleasant Matters, How Majestic and Impartial Mr. Nupkins Was; and How Mr. Weller Returned Mr. Job Trotter’s Shuttlecock as Heavily as it Came—With Another Matter, Which will be Found in its Place

Which Contains a Brief Account of the Progress of the Action of Bardell Against Pickwick

Samuel Weller Makes a Pilgrimage to Dorking, and Beholds His Mother-In-Law

A Good-Humoured Christmas Chapter, Containing an Account of a Wedding, and Some Other Sports Beside: Which Although in Their Way, Even as Good Customs as Marriage Itself, are Not Quite So Religiously Kept Up, in These Degenerate Times

The Story of the Goblins Who Stole a Sexton

How the Pickwickians Made and Cultivated the Acquaintance of a Couple of Nice Young Men Belonging to One of the Liberal Professions; How They Disported Themselves on the Ice; and How Their Visit Came to a Conclusion

Which is All About the Law, and Sundry Great Authorities Learned Therein

Describes, Far More Fully Than the Court Newsman Ever Did, a Bachelor’s Party, Given by Mr. Bob Sawyer at His Lodgings in the Borough

Mr. Weller the Elder Delivers Some Critical Sentiments Respecting Literary Composition; And, Assisted by His Son Samuel, Pays a Small Instalment of Retaliation to the Account of the Reverend Gentleman with the Red Nose

Is Wholly Devoted to a Full and Faithful Report of the Memorable Trial of Bardell Against Pickwick

In Which Mr. Pickwick Thinks He Had Better Go to Bath; and Goes Accordingly

The Chief Features of Which will be Found to be an Authentic Version of the Legend of Prince Bladud, and a Most Extraordinary Calamity that Befell Mr. Winkle

Honourably Accounts for Mr. Weller’s Absence, by Describing a Soiree to Which He was Invited and Went; Also Relates How He was Entrusted by Mr. Pickwick with a Private Mission of Delicacy and Importance

How Mr. Winkle, When He Stepped Out of the Frying-Pan, Walked Gently and Comfortably Into the Fire

Mr. Samuel Weller, Being Intrusted with a Mission of Love, Proceeds to Execute It; with What Success will Hereinafter Appear

Introduces Mr. Pickwick to a New and Not Uninteresting Scene in the Great Drama of Life

What Befell Mr. Pickwick When He Got Into the Fleet; What Prisoners He Saw There, and How He Passed the Night

Illustrative, Like the Preceding One, of the Old Proverb, that Adversity Brings a Man Acquainted with Strange Bedfellows—Likewise Containing Mr. Pickwick’s Extraordinary and Startling Announcement to Mr. Samuel Weller

Showing How Mr. Samuel Weller got into Difficulties

Treats of Divers Little Matters Which Occurred in the Fleet, and of Mr. Winkle’s Mysterious Behaviour; and Shows How the Poor Chancery Prisoner Obtained His Release at Last

Descriptive of an Affecting Interview Between Mr. Samuel Weller and a Family Party. Mr. Pickwick Makes a Tour of the Diminutive World He Inhabits, and Resolves to Mix with It, in Future, as Little as Possible

Records a Touching Act of Delicate Feeling, Not Unmixed with Pleasantry, Achieved and Performed by Messrs. Dodson and Fogg

Is Chiefly Devoted to Matters of Business, and the Temporal Advantage of Dodson and Fogg—Mr. Winkle Reappears Under Extraordinary Circumstances—Mr. Pickwick’s Benevolence Proves Stronger Than His Obstinacy

. Relates How Mr. Pickwick, with the Assistance of Samuel Weller, Essayed to Soften the Heart of Mr. Benjamin Allen, and to Mollify the Wrath of Mr. Robert Sawyer

Containing the Story of the Bagman’s Uncle

How Mr. Pickwick Sped Upon His Mission, and How He was Reinforced in the Outset by a Most Unexpected Auxiliary

In Which Mr. Pickwick Encounters an Old Acquaintance—To Which Fortunate Circumstance the Reader is Mainly Indebted for Matter of Thrilling Interest Herein Set Down, Concerning Two Great Public Men of Might and Power

Involving a Serious Change in the Weller Family, and the Untimely Downfall of Mr. Stiggins

Comprising the Final Exit of Mr. Jingle and Job Trotter, with a Great Morning of Business in Gray’s Inn Square—Concluding with a Double Knock at Mr. Perker’s Door

Containing Some Particulars Relative to the Double Knock, and Other Matters: Among Which Certain Interesting Disclosures Relative to Mr. Snodgrass and a Young Lady are by No Means Irrelevant to This History

Mr. Solomon Pell, Assisted by a Select Committee of Coachmen, Arranges the Affairs of the Elder Mr. Weller

. An Important Conference Takes Place Between Mr. Pickwick and Samuel Weller, at Which His Parent Assists—An Old Gentleman in a Snuff-Coloured Suit Arrives Unexpectedly

In Which the Pickwick Club is Finally Dissolved, and Everything Concluded to the Satisfaction of Everybody

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