I just saw the PBS mini-series (thanks Monica!)and it made me want to revisit this book (maybe I ought to add a "currently re-reading shelf?"). I forgot what an eccentric cast of character this is. - not just the supporting cast (Conversation Kenge, Mrs. Flite, etc), but even main characters like Esther and Mr. Jarndyce are so full of character tics. The PBS version made them much more reasonable people, but keeping their essential character traits intact. If only they could have kept the bells and whistles to a minimum!