Most of the action of Bleak House takes place in or near London, around 1850. The London street scenes are in the Holborn district (on the north bank of the Thames and very close to the river). The depictions of neighborhoods, streets, buildings, working conditions, lighting, weather, dress and deportment of persons, etc., are completely authentic. The fog remains the most famous fog in all literature. Dense, long-lasting blankets of it, yellowish or yellow-brown with pollutants, were common in the coal-burning London of Dickens' time — and later. The descriptions of the goings-on at the Chancery Court are equally authentic, although Dickens provides only those details that support his point. The Dedlocks' country estate at Chesney Wold is about 150 miles from London, in Lincolnshire, a large agricultural county in east-central England. St. Albans, where John Jarndyce's Bleak House stands, is a small town; in 1850, it would have been
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