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Summary Chapter 47

In vain does Mr. Woodcourt try to feed Jo whose illness has even deprived him of his appetite. A little wine revives Jo's spirits, however, and together they go to visit Miss Flite. They find Miss Flite with Mrs. Blinder at Bell Yard. Upon speaking with Miss Flite, Mr. Woodcourt decides to go visit Mr. George. (Miss Flite has recommended Mr. George as the person who would be able to give Jo temporary lodgings.)

Thus, with Jo in tow, and accompanied by Miss Flite, Mr. Woodcourt arrives at Mr. George's shooting gallery. There Mr. Woodcourt explains the unfortunate circumstance of the boy Jo and of Esther summerson's concern for the boy on a previous occasion. Mr. George, who has the highest regard for Miss Summerson, decides to do all he can to look after the boy whose condition is dire. Indeed, according to Mr. Woodcourt, it would be a miracle if Jo recovers from his illness.

Before he leaves, Mr. Woodcourt has a word with Jo and learns of Jo's affection for Mr. Snagsby. Subsequently, Mr. Woodcourts pays Mr. Snagsby a visit, but not before he informs Mr. Jarndyce of the situation. (Needless to say, Mr. Jarndyce and his wards repeatedly pay Jo a visit.)

At the law stationer's shop, it takes a while for Mr. Snagsby to recognize Mr. Woodcourt, but he eventually does. When he learns of Jo's plight, Mr. Snagsby doesn't hesitate to pay the boy a visit despite his wife who wouldn't let him if she knew about it.

Jo is greatly gladdened to see Mr. Snagsyby who can't help himself but give Jo coins of half-crowns. To Mr. Woodcourt's dismay, Jo's condition worsens by the day. Indeed, Jo eventually dies whilst Mr. Woodcourt teaches Jo the Lord's Prayer.

Charles Dickens