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Differing Opinions of Bleak House When Bleak House, by Charles Dickens, was published in 1853, it did not go unnoticed by critics. The testimonials of the period where anything but tepid in opinion or tone in respect to Dickens' newest book. Most importantly, the critics have been concerned with the structure of the novel, characterization, and, specifically, Esther because of plausible character. By singling out reviewers from other publications of the time, it is possible to find out what the people in 1853 was studying about Bleak House with regard to such issues. Construction The contemporary reviewers of Bleak House fall into two classes when discussing its structure. There are people who enjoy it and there are individuals who do not. More specifically, people who dislike the novel's structure complain about not having plot and lack of connection between characters and their activities. Opposing this perspective are the reviewers that find the figures in Bleak House remarkably intertwined in the story, particularly since it had been composed as a string for a literary magazine. Among the strongest of those critics is George Brimley, that, in his post entitled "Dickens's Bleak House" printed in The Spectator in 1853, writes that "Bleak House is, even more than its predecessors, chargeable with flaws that are not simple, but complete want of building"(161). He discovers that the arrangement of Bleak House fails since there is no link between celebrities and incidents. Brimley points into the attention of Richard Carstone in the Chancery case. The case just serves to draw out Carstone's personality faults that could have been pulled out at almost any additional interest he might have experienced. The Chancery instance, then, is insignificant because it fails to exert any real impact on the figures...