so here we are with some brief thoughts:
I want Esther to marry Mr Woodcourt but I want Mr Jarndyce to not have his feelings hurt MORE than I want that first thing so I hope he's just offering out of sympathy or practicality (because we all know Dick-chard and Ada are going to get married eventually, and then Esther and Mr J will be LIVING IN SIN and he has clearly thought of this).
Also, I like how Mr J preps her by being like, I have something to write to you, but I won't write it until you can promise you won't think weirdly of me, and even though that is cryptic and mysterious and vague on purpose Esther is like, This is a totally unweird situation to be happening. VICTORIANS YOU GUYS WERE SO WEIRD.
Not this weird, but weird.
In lesser news, the one painting 'with large round eyes (and other charms to correspond).' LOL YOU MEAN BEWBS DON'T YOU CHARLES.
Hortense goes to Tulkinghorn with threats and he is all, 'Think twice before you come here again,' and she is like, 'Think you...twice two hundred times!' Ah, the French. Always trying to one-up you.
I will out-bonjour ALL these bitches.
'Mr Vhole put his dead glove, which scarcely seemed to have any hand in it, on my fingers.' CHARLES YOU OCCASIONALLY KILL ME WITH YOUR DESCRIPTORING.
The bit about Jo not being a foreigner or dirty heathen, 'not softened by distance and unfamiliarity,' and so no one cares that he's starving and sick, that bit is not subtle but it is TRUTHY. Also?
No one can move you on any longer, Jo.
This section ends with Tulkinghorn 'shot through the heart,' which I totally did not expect. Things are getting very Game of Thrones-y up in here.
Except Esther and Ada, and probably Richard (though I still have hopes). Mr J is likely safe, too.