I found chapter 20 very amusing. In this chapter we are introduced to a new character Mr. Jobling. Mr. Guppy and Mr. Smallweed take Mr. Jobling to a restaurant. Dicken’s adds some humor to this scene by how Mr. Jobling eats. Mr. Joblings appetite is described as, “His appetite is so vigorous, that it suggests spare living for some little time back” (321). When Mr. Jobling takes another helping Mr. Guppy replies,“ ‘You are a man again, Tony!’ ‘Well, not quite, yet,’ says Mr. Jobling. ‘Say just born’ ” (321). By the time Mr. Jobling finishes dessert he says, “ ‘I am grown up, now, Guppy. I have arrived at maturity’ ” (322). Even though we know Mr. Jobling is a grown man he is so starved that it is like he is dead and then after eating he has been born again. It is also horrific that he can eat that much food.
I think that the reason Mr. Guppy takes him out to eat may have been to get Mr. Jobling in a goof mood so that he would agree to look into Mr. Krook, which he does. I am curious to know why Mr. Guppy really wants him to look into Mr. Kook, he only says, “ ‘and it’s seldom I can’t make a man out, more or less’ (325). He does not go into detail why he really wants MR. Jobling to look into Krook’s. It is creepy that Mr. Jobling should live in the same room that the previous lawyer died in. It is also very mysterious that the room is referred to as, “where the two eyes in the shutters stare at him in his sleep, as if they were full of wonder “(330). This imagery seems important yet I do not now what to make of it yet.