The Pickwick Papers | Study Guide

Charles Dickens

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The Pickwick Papers | Chapter 57 | Summary

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Summary

In the final chapter, Mr. Pickwick dissolves the Pickwick Club and settles down in a new house near London. Mr. Snodgrass and Emily get married. The Winkles and the Snodgrasses enjoy married life, and Mr. Tupman lives near them and enjoys flirting with elderly ladies. Sam remains faithful to Mr. Pickwick; eventually he and Mary get married and work together, caring for Pickwick. Mr. Weller retires and lives off the money Mr. Pickwick has invested for him. Mr. Jingle and Job remain far away, but they both become "worthy members of society." Mr. Pickwick serves as godfather to many of his friends' children; he is deeply respected in the neighborhood and adored by Sam and Mary.

Analysis

In the final chapter, Dickens arranges everything for a happy ending. All three loving couples are married, but Sam has also found a way to remain with Mr. Pickwick. Pickwick himself retires from travel and ends the Pickwick Club, which gives the reader some cause to hope that he will no longer embroil himself in foolish escapades. The kindly old gentleman is settled with people who look up to him and appreciate his goodness.

The Pickwick Papers starts out with Mr. Pickwick as a rather pompous and foolish old man. As the book continues, and particularly after his time in prison, Mr. Pickwick becomes kinder and less foolish. Instead of being too silly for the real world, he is too gentle and good, and as such, he is rewarded with a happy life.

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