[From "Dickens Gallery," a cigarette card series packaged with Cope's Cigarettes, n. d.]
Inspector Bucket speaks the above words in Chapter 24 of Bleak House (1853). Bucket has no first name and a wife whom we never see. These details and his genial, deceptively casual manner make him the precursor of another great detective, Lieutenant Columbo of the LAPD.
Dickens Gallery (New York Public Library Digital Gallery)
Thursday, April 9, 2009
By Michael Leddy at 9:49 AM