The Pickwick Papers




THE PICKWICK PAPERS



By Charles Dickens








CONTENTS


THE POSTHUMOUS PAPERS OF THE PICKWICK CLUB 


CHAPTER I. THE PICKWICKIANS 

CHAPTER II. THE FIRST DAY’S JOURNEY, AND THE FIRST EVENING’S ADVENTURES; WITH THEIR CONSEQUENCES 

CHAPTER III. A NEW ACQUAINTANCE—THE STROLLER’S TALE; A DISAGREEABLE INTERRUPTION, AND AN UNPLEASANT ENCOUNTER

CHAPTER IV. A FIELD DAY AND BIVOUAC—MORE NEW FRIENDS 

CHAPTER V. A SHORT ONE—SHOWING, AMONG OTHER MATTERS 

CHAPTER VI. AN OLD-FASHIONED CARD-PARTY—THE CLERGYMAN’S VERSES 

CHAPTER VII. HOW MR. WINKLE, INSTEAD OF SHOOTING AT THE PIGEON 

CHAPTER VIII. STRONGLY ILLUSTRATIVE OF THE POSITION 

CHAPTER IX. A DISCOVERY AND A CHASE 

CHAPTER X. CLEARING UP ALL DOUBTS (IF ANY EXISTED) 

CHAPTER XI. INVOLVING ANOTHER JOURNEY, AND AN ANTIQUARIAN DISCOVERY 

CHAPTER XII. DESCRIPTIVE OF A VERY IMPORTANT PROCEEDING 

CHAPTER XIII. SOME ACCOUNT OF EATANSWILL; OF THE STATE OF PARTIES 

CHAPTER XIV. COMPRISING A BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE COMPANY 

CHAPTER XV. IN WHICH IS GIVEN A FAITHFUL PORTRAITURE 

CHAPTER XVI. TOO FULL OF ADVENTURE TO BE BRIEFLY DESCRIBED 

CHAPTER XVII. SHOWING THAT AN ATTACK OF RHEUMATISM 

CHAPTER XVIII. BRIEFLY ILLUSTRATIVE OF TWO POINTS 

CHAPTER XIX. A PLEASANT DAY WITH AN UNPLEASANT TERMINATION 

CHAPTER XX. SHOWING HOW DODSON AND FOGG WERE MEN OF BUSINESS 

CHAPTER XXI. IN WHICH THE OLD MAN LAUNCHES FORTH 

CHAPTER XXII. MR. PICKWICK JOURNEYS TO IPSWICH AND MEETS WITH A ROMANTIC 

CHAPTER XXIII. IN WHICH MR. SAMUEL WELLER BEGINS TO DEVOTE HIS ENERGIES 

CHAPTER XXIV. WHEREIN MR. PETER MAGNUS GROWS JEALOUS 

CHAPTER XXV. SHOWING, AMONG A VARIETY OF PLEASANT MATTERS, HOW MAJESTIC 

CHAPTER XXVI. WHICH CONTAINS A BRIEF ACCOUNT OF THE PROGRESS 

CHAPTER XXVII. SAMUEL WELLER MAKES A PILGRIMAGE TO DORKING 

CHAPTER XXVIII. A GOOD-HUMOURED CHRISTMAS CHAPTER 

CHAPTER XXIX. THE STORY OF THE GOBLINS WHO STOLE A SEXTON 

CHAPTER XXX. HOW THE PICKWICKIANS MADE AND CULTIVATED THE ACQUAINTANCE 

CHAPTER XXXI. WHICH IS ALL ABOUT THE LAW, AND SUNDRY GREAT AUTHORITIES 

CHAPTER XXXII. DESCRIBES, FAR MORE FULLY THAN THE COURT NEWSMAN EVER 

CHAPTER XXXIII. MR. WELLER THE ELDER DELIVERS SOME CRITICAL SENTIMENTS 

CHAPTER XXXIV. IS WHOLLY DEVOTED TO A FULL AND FAITHFUL REPORT 

CHAPTER XXXV. IN WHICH MR. PICKWICK THINKS HE HAD BETTER GO TO BATH 

CHAPTER XXXVI. THE CHIEF FEATURES OF WHICH WILL BE FOUND 

CHAPTER XXXVII. HONOURABLY ACCOUNTS FOR MR. WELLER’S ABSENCE 

CHAPTER XXXVIII. HOW MR. WINKLE, WHEN HE STEPPED OUT OF THE FRYING-PAN 

CHAPTER XXXIX. MR. SAMUEL WELLER, BEING INTRUSTED WITH A MISSION 

CHAPTER XL. INTRODUCES MR. PICKWICK TO A NEW AND NOT UNINTERESTING SCENE 

CHAPTER XLI. WHAT BEFELL MR. PICKWICK WHEN HE GOT INTO THE FLEET 

CHAPTER XLII. ILLUSTRATIVE, LIKE THE PRECEDING ONE, OF THE OLD PROVERB 

CHAPTER XLIII. SHOWING HOW Mr. SAMUEL WELLER GOT INTO DIFFICULTIES 

CHAPTER LXIV. TREATS OF DIVERS LITTLE MATTERS WHICH OCCURRED 

CHAPTER XLIV. DESCRIPTIVE OF AN AFFECTING INTERVIEW 

CHAPTER XLVI. RECORDS A TOUCHING ACT OF DELICATE FEELING 

CHAPTER XLVII. IS CHIEFLY DEVOTED TO MATTERS OF BUSINESS 

CHAPTER XLVIII. RELATES HOW MR. PICKWICK, WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF SAMUEL 

CHAPTER XLIX. CONTAINING THE STORY OF THE BAGMAN’S UNCLE 

CHAPTER L. HOW MR. PICKWICK SPED UPON HIS MISSION 

CHAPTER LI. IN WHICH MR. PICKWICK ENCOUNTERS AN OLD ACQUAINTANCE 

CHAPTER LII. INVOLVING A SERIOUS CHANGE IN THE WELLER FAMILY 

CHAPTER LIII. COMPRISING THE FINAL EXIT OF MR. JINGLE AND JOB TROTTER 

CHAPTER LIV. CONTAINING SOME PARTICULARS RELATIVE TO THE DOUBLE KNOCK 

CHAPTER LV. MR. SOLOMON PELL, ASSISTED BY A SELECT COMMITTEE 

CHAPTER LVI. AN IMPORTANT CONFERENCE TAKES PLACE 

CHAPTER LVII. IN WHICH THE PICKWICK CLUB IS FINALLY DISSOLVED 










DETAILED CONTENTS

1. The Pickwickians 
2. The first Day’s Journey, and the first Evening’s Adventures; with their Consequences 
3. A new Acquaintance—The Stroller’s Tale—A disagreeable Interruption, and an unpleasant Encounter 
4. A Field Day and Bivouac—More new Friends—An Invitation to the Country 
5. A short one—Showing, among other Matters, how Mr. Pickwick undertook to drive, and Mr. Winkle to ride, and how they both did it 
6. An old-fashioned Card-party—The Clergyman’s verses—The Story of the Convict’s Return 
7. 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 
8. Strongly illustrative of the Position, that the Course of True Love is not a Railway 
9. A Discovery and a Chase 
10. Clearing up all Doubts (if any existed) of the Disinterestedness of Mr. A. Jingle’s Character 
11. 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 
12. Descriptive of a very important Proceeding on the Part of Mr. Pickwick; no less an Epoch in his Life, than in this History 
13. 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 
14. Comprising a brief Description of the Company at the Peacock assembled; and a Tale told by a Bagman 
15. 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 anothe
r Chapter 
16. Too full of Adventure to be briefly described 
17. Showing that an Attack of Rheumatism, in some Cases, acts as a Quickener to inventive Genius 
18. Briefly illustrative of two Points; first, the Power of Hysterics, and, secondly, the Force of Circumstances 
19. A pleasant Day with an unpleasant Termination 
20. 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 C
apital Chapter the next one will be 
21. In which the old Man launches forth into his favourite Theme, and relates a Story about a queer Client 
22. Mr. Pickwick journeys to Ipswich and meets with a romantic Adventure with a middle-aged Lady in yellow Curl-papers 
23. In which Mr. Samuel Weller begins to devote his Energies to the Return Match between himself and Mr. Trotter 
24. Wherein Mr. Peter Magnus grows jealous, and the middle-aged Lady apprehensive, which brings the Pickwickians within the Grasp of the Law 
25. 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 
26. Which contains a brief Account of the Progress of the Action of Bardell against Pickwick 
27. Samuel Weller makes a Pilgrimage to Dorking, and beholds his Mother-in-law 
28. 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 
29. The Story of the Goblins who stole a Sexton 
30. 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 
31. Which is all about the Law, and sundry Great Authorities learned therein 
32. 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 
33. 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 
34. Is wholly devoted to a full and faithful Report of the memorable Trial of Bardell against Pickwick 
35. In which Mr. Pickwick thinks he had better go to Bath; and goes accordingly 
36. 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 
37. Honourably accounts for Mr. Weller’s Absence, by describing a Soiree to which he was invited and went; also relates how he was intrusted by Mr. Pickwick with a Private Mission of Delicacy and Importance 
38. How Mr. Winkle, when he stepped out of the Frying-pan, walked gently and comfortably into the Fire 
39. Mr. Samuel Weller, being intrusted with a Mission of Love, proceeds to execute it; with what Success will hereinafter appear 
40. Introduces Mr. Pickwick to a new and not uninteresting Scene in the great Drama of Life 
41. What befell Mr. Pickwick when he got into the Fleet; what Prisoners he saw there; and how he passed the Night 
42. 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 
43. Showing how Mr. Samuel Weller got into Difficulties 
44. 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 
45. 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 
46. Records a touching Act of delicate Feeling not unmixed with Pleasantry, achieved and performed by Messrs. Dodson and Fogg 
47. 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 
48. 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 
49. Containing the Story of the Bagman’s Uncle 
50. How Mr. Pickwick sped upon his Mission, and how he was reinforced in the Outset by a most unexpected Auxiliary 
51. 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 
52. Involving a serious Change in the Weller Family, and the untimely Downfall of Mr. Stiggins 
53. 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 
54. 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 
55. Mr. Solomon Pell, assisted by a Select Committee of Coachmen, arranges the affairs of the elder Mr. Weller 
56. 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 
57. In which the Pickwick Club is finally dissolved, and everything concluded to the Satisfaction of Everybody