The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby

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Caxton Publishing Company, 1839 - 624 pages
 

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Contents

Of the Internal Economy of Dotheboys Hall
65
Of MissSqueers Mrs Squeers Master Squeers and
74
How Mr Ralph Niekleby provided for his Niece and Sisterin
86
KATE N1CKLEBY SITTING TO MISS LA CREEVY
89
Mr Newman Noggs Inducts Mrs and Miss Niekleby into
97
NEWMAN KOGGS LEAVES THE LADIES IN THE EMPTY HOUSE
100
Whereby the Reader will be enabled to trace the further
101
Nicholas varies the monotony of Dotheboys Hall by a most
109
Having the Misfortune to treat of none but Common People
120
Acquaints the Reader with the Cause and Origin of the Inter
129
Nicholas seeks to employ himself in a New Capacity
139
Follows the Fortunes of Miss Nickleby
153
XADAME MANTALINI INTRODUCES KATE TO MISS KNAO
157
Miss Knag after doating on Kate Nickleby for three whole
161
Descriptive of a Dinner at Mr Ralph Nicklebys and of
171
MISS NICKLEBY INTRODUCED TO nER UNCLES FRIENDS
175
Wherein Nicholas at length encounters his Uncle to whom
184
Madame Mantalini finds herself in a Situation of some Diffi
193
KB RALPH NICKLEBvs HONEST COMPOSURE
196
Nicholas accompanied by Smike sallies forth to seek
203
THE COUNTRY MANAGER REHEARSES A COMBAT
209
Treats of the Company of Mr Vincent Crummies and
215
Of the Great Bespeak for Miss Snevellicci and the first
225
Concerning a young Lady from London who joins the Com
238
Is fraught with some Danger to Miss Nicklebys Peace
248
Mrs Nickleby becomes acquainted with Messrs Pyke
257
NICHOLAS INSTRUCTS SMIKE IN THE ART OF ACTING 218
261
Miss Nickleby rendered desperate by the Persecution
268
Of the Proceedmgs of Nicholas and certain Internal Div
281
NICHOLAS HINTS AT THE PROBABILITY OF HIS LEAVING THE COMPANY
288
Festivities are held in honour of Nicholas who suddenly
289
Private and confidential relating to family matters
346
AMOTION OF MB KEN WIGS ON HLARIKG THE FAMILT NEWS FROM NICHOLAS
351
Csa HXVII Nicholas finds further Favour in the eyes of the Brothers
353
Comprises certain Particulars arising out of a Visit
366
In which another old Friend encounters Smike very
378
In which Nicholas falls in Love He employs a Mediator
385
Containing some Romantic Passages between Mrs Nickleby
398
Illustrative of the convivial Sentiment that the best
408
Officiates as a kind of Gentleman Usher in bringing various
417
Mr Ralph Nickleby cuts an old Acquaintance It would
427
Containing matter of a surprising kind
439
Throws some light upon Nicholass Love but whether
449
Mr Ralph Nickleby has some confidential intercourse
460
Being for the Benefit of Mr Vincent Crummies
472
Chap XLIXChronicles the further Proceedings of the Nickleby Family
481
Involves a serious Catastrophe
493
The project of Mr Ralph Nickleby and his Friend approaching
504
Nicholas despairs of rescuing Madeline Bray but plucks
513
Containing the further progress of the Plot contrived by
523
The Crisis of the Project and its Result
535
Of Family matters Cares Hopes Disappointments and Sor
545
Ralph Nickleby baffled by his Nephew in his late Design
554
How Ralph Nicklebys Auxiliary went about his work
564
In which one Scene of this History is closed
572
The Plots begin to fail and doubts and dangers to disturb
577
The Dangers thicken and the worst is told
588
Wherein Nicholas and his Sister forfeit the Good Opinion
596
Ralph makes one last Appointmentand keeps it
603
An old Acquaintance is Recognised under melancholy cir
615
Conclusion
622

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Page 116 - screamed Squeers, almost beside himself with rage, and seizing Smike as he spoke. "Wretch," rejoined Nicholas fiercely, "touch him at your peril ! I will not stand by and see it done. My blood is up, and I have the strength of ten such men as you. Look to yourself, for by Heaven I will not spare you, if you drive me on ! " " Stand back," cried Squeers, brandishing his weapon. "I have a long series of insults to avenge...
Page 481 - ... day by day, and grain by grain, the mortal part wastes and withers away, so that the spirit grows light and sanguine with its lightening load, and, feeling immortality at hand, deems it but a new term of mortal life; a disease in which death and life are so strangely blended, that death takes the glow and hue of life, and life the gaunt and grisly form of death...
Page 131 - Me and my brother were then the victims of his feury since which we have suffered very much which leads us to the arrowing belief that we have received some injury in our insides, especially as no marks of violence are visible externally. I am screaming out loud all the time I write and so is my brother which takes off my attention rather, and I hope will excuse mistakes.
Page 199 - Cadogan Place is the one slight bond that joins two great extremes; it is the connecting link between the aristocratic pavements of Belgrave Square and the barbarism of Chelsea. It is in Sloane Street, but not of it. The people in Cadogan Place look down upon Sloane Street, and think Brompton low.
Page 20 - ... delightful village of Dotheboys, near Greta Bridge in Yorkshire, Youth are boarded, clothed, booked, furnished with .pocket-money, provided with all necessaries, instructed in all languages living and dead, mathematics, orthography, geometry, astronomy, trigonometry, the use of the globes, algebra, single stick (if required), writing, arithmetic, fortification, and every other branch of classical literature. Terms, twenty guineas per annum. No extras, no vacations, and diet unparalleled. Mr....
Page 69 - C-1-ean, clean, verb active, to make bright, to scour. Win, win, der, der, winder, a casement. When the boy knows this out of book, he goes and does it. It's just the same principle as the use of the globes. Where's the second boy?" "Please, sir, he's weeding the garden,
Page 6 - Two or three violins and a wind instrument from the Opera band reside within its precincts. Its boarding-houses are musical, and the notes of pianos and harps float in the evening time round the head of the mournful statue, the guardian genius of a little wilderness of shrubs, in the centre of the square.
Page 67 - Pale and haggard faces, lank and bony figures, children with the countenances of old men, deformities with irons upon their limbs, boys of stunted growth, and others whose long meagre legs would hardly bear their stooping bodies, all crowded on the view together ; there were the bleared eye, the hare-lip, the crooked foot, and every ugliness or distortion that told of unnatural aversion conceived by parents for their offspring...
Page 9 - United Metropolitan Improved Hot Muffin and Crumpet Baking and Punctual Delivery Company; he would add, with a capital of Five Millions, in five hundred thousand shares of ten pounds each.
Page 69 - Squeers looked very profound, as if he had a perfect apprehension of what was inside all the books, and could say every word of their contents by heart if he only chose to take the trouble, that gentleman called up the first class.

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