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The Pickwick Papers

Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

1. 01 - The Pickwickians
2. 02 - The first Day's Journey, and the first Evening's Adventures; with their Consequences
3. 03 - A New Acquaintance--The Stroller's Tale--A Disagreeable Interruption, And An Unpleasant Encounter
4. 04 - A Field Day and Bivouac--More new Friends--An Invitation to the Country
5. 05 - 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. 06 - An old-fashioned Card-party--The Clergyman's verses--The Story of the Convict's Return
7. 07 - 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. 08 - Strongly illustrative of the Position, that the Course of True Love is not a Railway
9. 09 - A Discovery and a Chase
10. 10 - Clearing up all Doubts (if any existed) of the Disinterestedness of Mr. A. Jingle's Character
11. 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. 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. 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. 14 - Comprising a brief Description of the Company at the Peacock assembled; and a Tale told by a Bagman
15. 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 another Chapter
16. 16 - Too full of Adventure to be briefly described
17. 17 - Showing that an Attack of Rheumatism, in some Cases, acts as a Quickener to inventive Genius
18. 18 - Briefly illustrative of two Points; first, the Power of Hysterics, and, secondly, the Force of Circumstances
19. 19 - A pleasant Day with an unpleasant Termination
20. 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 Capital Chapter the next one will be
21. 21 - In which the old Man launches forth into his favourite Theme, and relates a Story about a queer Client
22. 22 - Mr. Pickwick journeys to Ipswich and meets with a romantic Adventure with a middle-aged Lady in yellow Curl-papers
23. 23 - In which Mr. Samuel Weller begins to devote his Energies to the Return Match between himself and Mr. Trotter
24. 24 - Wherein Mr. Peter Magnus grows jealous, and the middle-aged Lady apprehensive, which brings the Pickwickians within the Grasp of the Law
25. 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. 26 - Which contains a brief Account of the Progress of the Action of Bardell against Pickwick
27. 27 - Samuel Weller makes a Pilgrimage to Dorking, and beholds his Mother-in-law
28. 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. 29 - The Story of the Goblins who stole a Sexton
30. 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. 31 - Which is all about the Law, and sundry Great Authorities learned therein
32. 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. 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. 34 - Is wholly devoted to a full and faithful Report of the memorable Trial of Bardell against Pickwick
35. 35 - In which Mr. Pickwick thinks he had better go to Bath; and goes accordingly
36. 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. 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. 38 - How Mr. Winkle, when he stepped out of the Frying-pan, walked gently and comfortably into the Fire
39. 39 - Mr. Samuel Weller, being intrusted with a Mission of Love, proceeds to execute it; with what Success will hereinafter appear
40. 40 - Introduces Mr. Pickwick to a new and not uninteresting Scene in the great Drama of Life
41. 41 - What befell Mr. Pickwick when he got into the Fleet; what Prisoners
42. 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. 43 - Showing how Mr. Samuel Weller got into Difficulties
44. 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. 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. 46 - Records a touching Act of delicate Feeling not unmixed with Pleasantry, achieved and performed by Messrs. Dodson and Fogg
47. 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. 48 - Relates how Mr. Pickwick, with the Assistance of Samuel Weller, essayed to soften the Heart of Mr. Benjamin Allen, and to mollify theWrath of Mr. Robert Sawyer
49. 49 - Containing the Story of the Bagman's Uncle
50. 50 - How Mr. Pickwick sped upon his Mission, and how he was reinforced in the Outset by a most unexpected Auxiliary
51. 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. 52 - Involving a serious Change in the Weller Family, and the untimely Downfall of Mr. Stiggins
53. 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. 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. 55 - Mr. Solomon Pell, assisted by a Select Committee of Coachmen, arranges the affairs of the elder Mr. Weller
56. 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. 57 - In which the Pickwick Club is finally dissolved, and everything concluded to the Satisfaction of Everybody

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A sportsman who doesn't hunt; a poet who doesn't write; a lover with no one to love; all three are devoted to their cheerful and benevolent leader, Mr. Pickwick. Join him and his friends, Winkle, Snodgrass, and Tupman, as they tour the country in search of adventures, knowledge, and stories. Along the way, they have their share of mishaps, and meet plenty of interesting characters, both the good and the not so good. (Mr. Pickwick's dedicated manservant, Sam Weller, is a scene-stealer sure to delight just about everybody.)You may shed a few tears along the way, but usually of the pleasant sort. This is a mostly lighthearted and humorous tale, with a number of subplots woven in, in Dickens’ incomparable style.(Introduction by Debra Lynn)