On May 12, 1827, at a meeting of the Pickwick Club, devoted to the communication of Samuel Pickwick, Esq., Entitled “Reflections on the origins of the Hamsted Ponds with the addition of some observations on the theory of stickleback”, a new department was established under the name of the Correspondent Society of the Pickwick Club, composed of: Samuel Pickwick, Tracey Tupman, Augustus Snodgrass and Nathaniel Winkle. The purpose of creating a society is to push the boundaries of Mr. Pickwick’s travels, thus widening the scope of his observations, which will inevitably lead to the progress of science; members of the society are obliged to submit to the Pickwick Club reliable reports about their research, observations of people and morals, paying their own travel expenses and postage.
Mr. Pickwick worked tirelessly all his life, multiplying his fortune, and retired from his affairs, he devoted himself to the Pickwick Club. He was the guardian of Mr. Snodgrass, a young man with poetic inclinations. Mr. Winkle, also a young man from Birmingham, whom his father sent to London for a year in order to gain life experience, had a reputation as an athlete; and Mr. Tupman, a gentleman of venerable age and dimensions, retained, despite his years, youthful ardor and a predilection for the beautiful sex.
The next morning the Correspondent Society sets off on its first journey, and adventures begin immediately, back in London. Conscientiously recording his observations in the notebook, Mr. Pickwick was mistaken for a spy, and the coachman decided to beat him and his friends who joined him. The coachman has already begun to implement his intention – the Pickwick players are rescued by a not very well-dressed, but very self-assured and talkative gentleman who turned out to be their fellow-traveler.
Together they reach Rochester, and as a token of gratitude, friends invite him to dinner. The dinner was accompanied by such abundant libations that for three of the Pickwick players passed smoothly and imperceptibly into a dream, and Mr. Tupman and the guest went to the ball, which takes place here in the hotel, and the guest borrowed the tail of the asleep Mr. Winkle. At the ball they enjoyed such success that they caused the jealousy of a regimental doctor who had serious views on a certain widow who very willingly danced with them; As a result, the regimental doctor considered himself offended, and the morning of Mr. Winkle awoke his second. Winkle, unable to remember the events of yesterday’s evening, accepts the challenge. He is terrified, because, despite the reputation of the athlete, he does not know how to shoot at all. Fortunately, at the fatal line it turns out that the doctor does not want his blood, and the matter ends with the decision to drink together a glass of wine. In the evening in the hotel, duelists find those who need them: Tupman and the guest of the Pickwick, who turns out to be the wandering actor Alfred Jingle. And not having received satisfaction, they are removed – a duel with the actor is impossible!
In Rochester, military maneuvers are being held, an event that the Pickwick players can not miss. During the maneuvers, the wind blew Mr. Pickwick’s hat, and, catching up with it, he encounters Mr. Wardle’s carriage. While in London, Mr. Wardle attended several meetings of the Pickwick Club and remembered his friends; he cordially invites them to the carriage, and then to his estate Menor Farm – to stay.
Mr. Wardle’s family consists of his mother, his unmarried sister Miss Rachel and his two young daughters, Emily and Isabella. The house is full of numerous guests and household members. This hospitable family carries in itself the spirit of good old England. Guests are entertained by firing on crows, and Mr. Winkle, who had previously demonstrated an unfamiliarity with equestrian sport, confirmed his complete inability to shoot, injuring Mr. Tupman. Miss Rachel takes care of the wounded; love breaks out. But on a cricket match in Muggleton, decided to visit Mr. Wardle and the Pickwickists, they again meet Jingle. After the match and abundant libations, he accompanies them home, enchants the entire female half of Menor Farm, seeks an invitation to stay and, by eavesdropping and spying, begins to spin an intrigue with the goal of either marrying Miss Rey-chel and seizing her fortune, or get a compensation. Having borrowed money from Tupman, he persuades the old girl to flee to London; her brother and the Pickwick players are chasing and catching the fugitives at the last minute: the marriage license has already been obtained. For a hundred and twenty pounds, Jingle easily abandons Miss Rachel and thereby becomes Mr. Pickwick’s personal enemy.
Returning to London, Mr. Pickwick wants to hire a servant: he liked the wit and ingenuity of the corridor from the hotel, where they found Miss Rachel. When he spoke of this with his landlady Mrs. Bardell, she somehow reasoned that Mr. Pickwick was proposing to her, and, having replied with consent, immediately embraced him. This scene was caught by the arriving Pickwickists and the little son of Mrs. Bardell, who immediately bellowed and rushed to butt and pinch the gentleman. The servant Mr. Pickwick hires the same evening, but at the same time is the defendant in the case of breach of the marriage promise, the damage from which Mrs. Bardle estimated at fifteen hundred pounds.
Unbeknownst to the clouds over his head, he and his friends go to Etonsuill to watch the election campaign and the mayor elections, and there, when invited to a costume breakfast, Mrs. Leo Hunter, the creator of the “Ode to the Frog Exhausted,” meets Jingle. He, seeing the Pickwick, is hiding, and Mr. Pickwick and his servant Sam Weller are looking for him to expose. Sam gets acquainted with Jingle’s servant Job Trotter and learns from him that Jingle is preparing to kidnap a certain young lady from a boarding house and secretly marry her. It is possible to unmask it, only if you find it on the scene of the crime – and Mr. Pickwick spends the night in the garden of the boarding house in the pouring rain, fruitlessly waiting for the scammers to come for the lady. Of course, he did not wait for anything but rheumatism and an extremely awkward situation that arose, when he knocked in the middle of the night at the door of the guesthouse. Jingle again laughed at him! It’s good that Mr. Wardle and his future son-in-law, Mr. Trundle, who came to the region to hunt, certify his identity... and explain the misunderstanding to the owner of the boarding house!
Pickwickens also receive an invitation to hunt, and then to the wedding of Trandle and daughter of Wardle Isabella, which will take place at Christmas in Menor farm. The hunt was over for Mr. Pickwick by waking up in a barn for the cattle of a neighbor-landowner. The whole day of his suffering from rheumatism, Sam drove in a wheelbarrow, and after a picnic, he, having paid tribute to the cold punch, was left to sleep right in a wheelbarrow under a picturesque oak growing on the territory of a neighbor, and slept so sweetly that he did not notice how his have transported.
From Sam’s father, the coachman, Mr. Pickwick learns that he drove Jingle and Trotter to Ipswich, and they cheerfully recalled “how they treated the old firecracker” – that’s how they called Mr. Pick-vick, of course. Resenting revenge, Mr. Pickwick and Sam go to Ipswich. The hotel where they stayed is vast and neglected, the corridors of it are intricate, and the rooms like two drops of water are similar to each other – and, getting lost, Mr. Pickwick is in the middle of the night in a lady’s room in yellow papillot. This circumstance almost played a fatal role for him, for the gentleman who made her an offer in the morning was jealous and the lady, fearing a duel, rushed to the judge with a request to prevent Mr. Pickwick from being arrested – but fortunately, the situation is saved by Sam, who is also passionately wants to revenge Trotter, as his master – Jingle. Sam managed to find out, that Jingle under the name of Captain Fitz-Marshall “treats” the family of the judge; Mr. Pickwick warns the judge where in the evening they will be able to meet with the stray actor face to face. Sam is waiting in the kitchen for Trotter, who, like his master seduces the judge’s daughter, is busy with the cook who has saved up the money. It is here that Sam meets Mary’s maid and finds in her a lot of excellence. In the evening, Jingle and Trotter are exposed, Mr. Pickwick angrily throws them in the face of the words “scoundrel” and “swindler.” It is here that Sam meets Mary’s maid and finds in her a lot of excellence. In the evening, Jingle and Trotter are exposed, Mr. Pickwick angrily throws them in the face of the words “scoundrel” and “swindler.” It is here that Sam meets Mary’s maid and finds in her a lot of excellence. In the evening, Jingle and Trotter are exposed, Mr. Pickwick angrily throws them in the face of the words “scoundrel” and “swindler.”
Meanwhile, the saints arrived, and friends went to Mr. Wardle. The holiday was so successful that Mr. Pickwick changed the unchanging leggings to silk stockings and took part in dancing, as well as in skating along the ice track, which ended up for him with swimming in the ice-hole; Mr. Winkle found his love – Miss Arabella Ellen was the bridesmaid; and the whole society got to know two medical students, one of whom was Miss Ellen’s brother.
The day of the trial of Mr. Pickwick on the case of breach of the marriage promise came. Mrs. Bardell’s interests were defended by Dodson and Fogg, Mr. Pickwick’s interests were Perkins. Although it was clear that everything is sewn with white threads, and these threads stick out, Mr. Pickwick catastrophically loses the process: Dodson and Fogg know their business. They are so confident in themselves that they have suggested that Mrs. Bardell take the case at her own risk and not claim any legal costs if they can not get anything out of Mr. Pickwick, as the servant of Mr. Pickwick Sam, allegedly naively indoctrinated by the witness, told the hall. The case was decided in favor of the plaintiff. However, not wishing to indulge injustice, Mr. Pickwick flatly refused to pay court costs, preferring a debt prison. And before it appears in it, he offers his friends to make a trip to Bath, to the waters.
In Bath, Mr. Winkle becomes the victim of a ridiculous misunderstanding, so, fearing a duel, he flies to Bristol and there he accidentally discovers former medical students, now practicing doctors, one of whom is his lover’s brother and the other his rival. From them, he learns that his Arabella lives with her aunt in the same city. Mr. Pickwick wants to return Winkle to Bath with the help of Sam, but instead he travels to Bristol and helps the meeting between Winkle and Arabella. And Sam in the next house gets his Mary.
Upon his return to London, Mr. Pickwick is escorted to a debt prison. What a space for people’s observations and customs! And Mr. Pickwick listens and records numerous judicial and prison histories, as he used to collect and record the stories of a traveling actor, a priest from Dingley-Dell, a sales agent, coachman, his servant Sam; the legend of Prince Bladeade and how the underground spirits kidnapped the sexton… However, the conclusion to which he comes is disappointing: “My head hurts from these scenes, and my heart hurts too.”
In prison, Mr. Pickwick meets Jingle and Trotter, tattered, exhausted and hungry. Shaking them with generosity, he gives them money. But Mr. Pickwick himself is shocked by the generosity of his servant, who went to prison to not part with him.
Meanwhile, without drawing anything from Mr. Pickwick, the cunning Dodson and Fogg forced Mrs. Bardell to perform an “empty formality”: sign a promissory note for the cost of the litigation. So Mrs. Bardle was also in Fleet. Sam and attorney Pickwick Perker took written testimony from her that, from the very beginning, the case had been started, inflated and carried out by Dodson and Fogg, and that she deeply regretted Mr. Pickwick’s concern and defamation. All that remained was to persuade Mr. Pickwick to make a generous gesture-to pay legal costs for himself and for Mrs. Bardell, and the prison could be left. The newlyweds help him to persuade him – Mr. Winkle and Arabella, who beg him to be their ambassador to both Arabella’s brother and Winkle’s father, to announce their marriage and receive a belated blessing.
After all these adventures, Mr. Pickwick closes the Pickwick club and retires to rest, taking a house in the quiet and picturesque surroundings of London, where he settles with loyal servant Sam, Mary’s maid, and “consecrated” the wedding ceremony of Mr. Snodgrass and Emily, the daughter of Mr. Wardle.