Barnaby Rudge

Barnaby Rudge was part of a proposed series by Dickens originating in 1840 known as Master Humphrey’s Clock. This was intended as a miscellany with a continuous narrative linked with the memories of Master Humphries. Only The Old Curiosity Shop and Barnaby Rudge were written for this weekly before Dickens abandoned it in 1841 when the latter was published. It is also one of Dickens’ two historical novels (the other being A Tale of Two Cities), this one set in the anti-popery riots of 1780 and with the genuine historical personage of Lord George Gordon appearing in the course of the story. The novel concerns the murder of Reuben Haredale. His Roman Catholic brother Geoffrey and the villainous Sir John Chester despite their hatred for one another conspire to prevent their younger family (niece and son respectively) from marrying. During the Gordon riots, Haredale’s house is burned and his niece Emma is carried off - the outcome being Chester’s son’s rescue of the Haredales and his winning of the right to marry Emma. We learn later who the murderer of Reuben was and of the half-wit Barnaby Rudge who is later to be hanged but gains reprieve despite his part in the riots. The riots themselves form the focal point for the novel and are its main concern, although as ever in Dickens there is a large cast of interesting characters: notably the hangman Dennis and the coquettish Dolly Varden.

Table of contents
Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Chapter 7
Chapter 8
Chapter 9
Chapter 10
Chapter 11
Chapter 12
Chapter 13
Chapter 14
Chapter 15
Chapter 16
Chapter 17
Chapter 18
Chapter 19
Chapter 20
Chapter 21
Chapter 22
Chapter 23
Chapter 24
Chapter 25
Chapter 26
Chapter 27
Chapter 28
Chapter 29
Chapter 30
Chapter 31
Chapter 32
Chapter 33
Chapter 34
Chapter 35
Chapter 36
Chapter 37
Chapter 38
Chapter 39
Chapter 40
Chapter 41
Chapter 42
Chapter 43
Chapter 44
Chapter 45
Chapter 46
Chapter 47
Chapter 48
Chapter 49
Chapter 50
Chapter 51
Chapter 52
Chapter 53
Chapter 54
Chapter 55
Chapter 56
Chapter 57
Chapter 58
Chapter 59
Chapter 60
Chapter 61
Chapter 62
Chapter 63
Chapter 64
Chapter 65
Chapter 66
Chapter 67
Chapter 68
Chapter 69
Chapter 70
Chapter 71
Chapter 72
Chapter 73
Chapter 74
Chapter 75
Chapter 76
Chapter 77
Chapter 78
Chapter 79
Chapter 80
Chapter 81
Chapter 82

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