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A House to Let

Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

1. 1 – Chapter 1 – Over the Way
2. 2 – Chapter 2 – The Manchester Marriage Part 1
3. 3 – Chapter 2 – The Manchester Marriage Part 2
4. 4 – Chapter 3 – Going into Society
5. 5 – Chapter 4 – Three Evenings in the House
6. 6 – Chapter 5 – Trottle’s Report
7. 7 – Chapter 6 – Let at Last

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A House to Let is a novella originally published in 1858 in the Christmas edition of Dickens’ Household Words magazine. Each of the contributors wrote a chapter (stories within a story, and in the case of Adelaide Anne Procter, as a story in verse) and the whole was edited by Dickens. The plot concerns an elderly woman, Sophonisba, who notices signs of life in a supposedly empty dilapidated house (the eponymous “House to Let”) opposite her own, and employs the efforts of an elderly admirer, Jabez Jarber, and her servant, Trottle, to discover what is happening within.



the tear-inducing parts (thankfully leavened here and there with humor) are worth it, to arrive at a beautiful ending. Ruth is astounding with her narration and accents!


- a house to let

A delightful tale told by a delightful story teller in Ruth Golding

Interesting book and very well read by Ruth Golding.