54 pages 1 hour read

Charles Dickens

Pickwick Papers

Fiction | Novel | Adult | Published in 1836

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Chapters 23-34

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Chapter 23 Summary

Content Warning: This section features discussions of sexual assault, enslavement, suicide, domestic abuse, racial and ethnic slurs, sexism, racism, antisemitism, fatphobia, and xenophobia.

Sam and his father, Tony, discuss Job’s ruse. Later that day, Sam runs into Job in town. Job says he’s happy to see Sam and that Jingle has abandoned his plan to meet with the woman at the boarding school, but Sam is suspicious and invites him to dinner.

Chapter 24 Summary

Pickwick runs into Magnus at breakfast, who has sent his card to the woman whom he plans to propose to. Magnus introduces his new fiancée, Miss Witherfield, to Pickwick. She happens to be the woman into whose room Pickwick accidentally intruded into the night before. When Miss Witherfield refuses to tell Magnus how she knows Pickwick, Magnus becomes jealous of Pickwick. Miss Witherfield goes to a local magistrate, Mr. Nupkins, to stop Magnus and Pickwick from dueling, naming only Pickwick and Tupman to protect Magnus. Back at the inn, Pickwick is dining with the recently arrived Pickwickians when Mr. Grummer, an officer of the magistrate, comes to arrest Pickwick and Tupman. A crowd follows them to the magistrate’s house, where Sam finds them and attempts to fight Grummer before he, Snodgrass, and Winkle are also apprehended.