There's much to comment on in this section, but you know what my overall impression is? Remember, on Dallas, how Bobby Ewing died? And then came back later in the shower? And it was all just a dream? And how much that pissed some people off?
Yeah, that's how I feel about Esther's "blindness". C'mon, Dickens. That was just mean. And now you're not-so-subtly hinting that her appearance has been badly altered. Well, I'll believe it when I see it. Fool me once, old man, shame on me...
Seriously, ending the last section with the cliffhanger that Esther might have been blinded, then slithering away from that made me sour on this section. Even with the delightful news that the Smallweeds are the heirs to Krook's building, meaning Guppy can't get his slimy hands on whatever papers he's looking for. And the joyous righteous indignation at Smallweed manipulating Mr. George in that insidious way, which is wonderfully villainous.
Between backing off from the blindness and wandering into potential disfiguration, and the eminent sainthood of the dear doctor Woodcourt, well...you better kick it up in the next section, Dickens, because you have Disengaged This Reader. Hopefully temporarily. I have to wonder what people in Dickens' times thought of it. Maybe they were just relieved Esther isn't blind after all.
Those of you who liked it, please feel free to explain why.
Here's the Gorey of the week: Esther caught in her fevered hallucinations. Next week, chapters 36-38.