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Bardell v. Pickwick
written by "Fitzgerald, Percy Hetherington, 1834-1925"
... ‘It don’t matter much, though; I don’t think many counsel could get a great deal out of him.’ ‘I don’t think they could,’ said Mr. Pickwick. The minutiæ of legal process are prosaic and uninteresting, and it might seem impossible to invest them with any dramatic interest; but how admirably has Boz lightened up and coloured the simple incident of an attorney’s clerk—a common, vulgar fellow of the lowest type, arriving to serve his subpœnas on the witnesses—all assumed to be hostile.  The scene is full of touches of light comedy. ‘How de do, sir?’ said Mr. Jackson, nodding to Mr. Pickwick. That gentlemen bowed, and looked somewhat surprised for the physiognomy of Mr. Jackson dwelt not in his recollection. ‘I have called from Dodson and Fogg’s,’ said Mr. Jackson, in an explanatory tone. Mr. Pickwick roused at the name.  ‘I refer you to my attorney, sir: Mr. Perker, of Gray’s Inn,’ said he.  ‘Waiter, show this gentleman out.’ ‘Beg your pardon, Mr. Pickwick,’ said Jackson, deliberately depositing his hat on the floor, and drawing from his pocket the strip of parchment.  ‘But personal service, by clerk or agent, in these cases, you know, Mr. Pickwick—nothing like caution, sir, in all legal forms?’ Here Mr. Jackson cast his eye on the parchment; and, resting his hands on the table, and looking round with a winning and persuasive, smile, said: ‘Now, come; don’t let’s have no words about such a little matter as this.  Which of you gentlemen’s name’s Snodgrass?’ At this inquiry Mr. Snodgrass gave such a very undisguised p. 15and palpable start, that no further reply was needed. ‘Ah! I thought so,’ said Mr. Jackson, more affably than before.  ‘I’ve got a little something to trouble you with, sir.’ ‘Me!’ exclai...

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