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Nicholas Nickleby

By Dickens, Charles

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Title: Nicholas Nickleby  
Author: Dickens, Charles
Language: English
Subject: Literature, Literature & thought, Writing.
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Preface: This story was begun, within a few months after the publication of the completed ?Pickwick Papers.? There were, then, a good many cheap Yorkshire schools in existence. There are very few now. Of the monstrous neglect of education in England, and the disregard of it by the State as a means of forming good or bad citizens, and miserable or happy men, private schools long afforded a notable example. Although any man who had proved his unfitness for any other occupation in life, was free, without examination or qualification, to open a school anywhere; although preparation for the functions he undertook, was required in the surgeon who assisted to bring a boy into the world, or might one day assist, perhaps, to send him out of it; in the chemist, the attorney, the butcher, the baker, the candlestick maker; the whole round of crafts and trades, the schoolmaster excepted; and although schoolmasters, as a race, were the blockheads and impostors who might naturally be expected to spring from such a state of things, and to flourish in it; these Yorkshire schoolmasters were the lowest and most rotten round in the whole ladder. Traders in the avarice, indifference, or imbecility of parents, and the helplessness of children; ignorant, sordid, brutal men, to whom few considerate persons would have entrusted the board and lodging of a horse or a dog; they formed the worthy cornerstone of a structure, which, for absurdity and a magnificent high?minded LAISSEZ?ALLER neglect, has rarely been exceeded in the world.

Table of Contents
Table of Contents: Nicholas Nickleby, 1 -- Charles Dickens, 1 -- AUTHOR'S Preface, 2 -- Chapter 1. Introduces all the Rest, 5 -- Chapter 2. Of Mr Ralph Nickleby, and his Establishments, and his Undertakings, and of a great Joint Stock Chapter 3. Mr Ralph Nickleby receives Sad Tidings of his Brother, but bears up nobly against the Intelligence 4 Chapter 4. Nicholas and his Uncle (to secure the Fortune without loss of time) wait upon Mr Wa2ckford Squeers, Chapter 5. Nicholas starts for Yorkshire. Of his Leave?taking and his Fellow? Travellers, and w2hat befell Chapter 6. In which the Occurrence of the Accident mentioned in the last Chapter, affords an Op9portunity to Chapter 7. Mr and Mrs Squeers at Home, 54 -- Chapter 8. Of the Internal Economy of Dotheboys Hall, 61 -- Chapter 9. Of Miss Squeers, Mrs Squeers, Master Squeers, and Mr Squeers; and of various Matt9ers and Persons Chapter 10. How Mr Ralph Nickleby provided for his Niece and Sister?in?Law, 81 -- Chapter 11. Newman Noggs inducts Mrs and Miss Nickleby into their New Dwelling in the City1 -- Chapter 12. Whereby the Reader will be enabled to trace the further course of Miss Fanny Squee5r's Love, and Chapter 13. Nicholas varies the Monotony of Dothebys Hall by a most vigorous and remarkabl0e3 proceeding, Chapter 14. Having the Misfortune to treat of none but Common People, is necessarily of a Me1a2n and Vulgar Chapter 15. Acquaints the Reader with the Cause and Origin of the Interruption described in th2e1 last Chapter, Chapter 16. Nicholas seeks to employ himself in a New Capacity, and being unsuccessful, acce2p9ts an engagement Chapter 17. Follows the Fortunes of Miss Nickleby, 143 -- Chapter 18. Miss Knag, after doting on Kate Nickleby for three whole Days, makes up her Min5d0 to hate her Chapter 19. Descriptive of a Dinner at Mr Ralph Nickleby's, and of the Manner in which the C5o9mpany entertained Chapter 20. Wherein Nicholas at length encounters his Uncle, to whom he expresses his Sentim7e0nts with much Chapter 21. Madam Mantalini finds herself in a Situation of some Difficulty, and Miss Nickleb7y8 finds herself Chapter 22. Nicholas, accompanied by Smike, sallies forth to seek his Fortune. He encounters M87r Vincent Chapter 23. Treats of the Company of Mr Vincent Crummles, and of his Affairs, Domestic and9 T8heatrical -- Chapter 24. Of the Great Bespeak for Miss Snevellicci, and the first Appearance of Nicholas up0o7n any Stage -- Chapter 25. Concerning a young Lady from London, who joins the Company, and an elderly A1d8mirer who Chapter 26. Is fraught with some Danger to Miss Nickleby's Peace of Mind, 227 -- Chapter 27. Mrs Nickleby becomes acquainted with Messrs Pyke and Pluck, whose Affection a3n5d Interest Chapter 28. Miss Nickleby, rendered desperate by the Persecution of Sir Mulberry Hawk, and t4h5e Complicated Chapter 29. Of the Proceedings of Nicholas, and certain Internal Divisions in the Company of M56r Vincent Chapter 30. Festivities are held in honour of Nicholas, who suddenly withdraws himself from t6h3e Society of Chapter 31. Of Ralph Nickleby and Newman Noggs, and some wise Precautions, the success o7r 3failure of which Chapter 32. Relating chiefly to some remarkable Conversation, and some remarkable Proceedin7g8s to which Chapter 33. In which Mr Ralph Nickleby is relieved, by a very expeditious Process, from all Co8m5 merce with Chapter 34. Wherein Mr Ralph Nickleby is visited by Persons with whom the Reader has been9 a0lready made Chapter 35. Smike becomes known to Mrs Nickleby and Kate. Nicholas also meets with new A02cquaintances. Chapter 36. Private and confidential; relating to Family Matters. Showing how Mr Kenwigs un1d3erwent violent Chapter 37. Nicholas finds further Favour in the Eyes of the brothers Cheeryble and Mr Timoth1y9 Linkinwater. Chapter 38. Comprises certain Particulars arising out of a Visit of Condolence, which may prov3e0 important Chapter 39. In which another old Friend encounters Smike, very opportunely and to some Purp3o9se -- Chapter 40. In which Nicholas falls in Love. He employs a Mediator, whose Proceedings are c4r6owned with Chapter 41. Containing some Romantic Passages between Mrs Nickleby and the Gentleman in 5t8he Small?clothes Chapter 42. Illustrative of the convivial Sentiment, that the best of Friends must sometimes part 66 -- Chapter 43. Officiates as a kind of Gentleman Usher, in bringing various People together, 374 -- Chapter 44. Mr Ralph Nickleby cuts an old Acquaintance. It would also appear from the Conte8n2ts hereof,


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