The warning

Acacia tree and crenallated tower of Lincoln's Inn
This is the Court of Chancery,which has its decaying houses and its blighted lands in every shire, which has its worn-out lunatic in every madhouse and its dead in every churchyard, which has its ruined suitor with his slipshod heels and threadbare dress borrowing and begging through the round of every man’s acquaintance, which gives to monied might the means abundantly of wearying out the right, which so exhausts finances, patience, courage, hope, so overthrows the brain and breaks the heart, that there is not an honourable man among its practitioners who would not give—who does not often give—the warning, “Suffer any wrong that can be done you rather than come here!”

Bleak House -Charles Dickens


8 thoughts on “The warning

      1. The sad thing is, that not much has changed. Life isn’t so squalid for the majority – but the machinations of vested interest continue, and yet we still hang onto the notion that one goes to court to receive justice. But yes, you are right about Bleak House – Dickens’ finest work. I think I need to go and dig it out again.

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