After letting his landlady think he was going to ask her to marry him but instead actually hired Sam Weller to be his valet, Mr. Pickwick and crew head out to Eatanswill for the election.
The beginning chapter of this saga is a little like something out of Gulliver's Travels. Dickens explains the run up to the election rather like Gulliver entering a new land. I was raised in the Chicago area and thus am familiar with Chicago election jokes. This chapter teaches Chicago a couple of lessons in how to run an election to ensure your candidate wins. Although no one dead seems to be voting in this election.
This installment ends with two of the Pickwickians hearing the Bagman's Tale which is the tale of a man stopping in a Public House for the night and after a few too many cups of punch is helped by a talking chair to win a widow's heart. Well at least that's what the Bagman's uncle says.