Bleak House was written about a century and a half ago

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Bleak House  was written about a century and a half ago. Prose style, like almost everything else,  has changed. Naturally today's reader may find Dickens' manner rather unfamiliar and in some ways  a bit difficult. In order to see  Bleak House  in the right perspective, it is necessary to pursue this point.  Many people today are no longer well-practiced readers. Television and film are the preferred  pastimes, and what people do read is more likely to be journalism (or the captions under pictures)  than the prose of a literary artist like Dickens. Dickens wrote for an audience that loved to read and  was unafraid to tackle a work of serious literature. Such a receptive and well prepared, or at least  cooperative, audience freed Dickens to pitch his writing at a level that satisfied his artistic  conscience. In other words, Dickens was not forced to use only a very limited vocabulary or to forego subtleties of 
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