"Bleak House, my most recent tale"

 Bleak House was published in Household Words from March 1852 to September 1853. The plot centres on an interminably long court case, Jarndyce and Jarndyce, which forms a critique of the Byzantine legal system in the Chancery. It is widely held to be one of Dickens' best novels.

In Bleak House Mr George, an ex-military man, owns a shooting gallery, where the street-sweeper Jo is hidden. It is the setting for several important scenes in the novel.