The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby

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Chapman and Hall, 1839 - Boarding schools - 624 pages
After his father's death, Nicholas Nickleby, his mother and sister are at the mercy of his cold and unfeeling Uncle Ralph. Keen to rid himself of his nephew, Ralph sends Nicholas to work for a wicked master in a Yorkshire boarding school. Unable to bear the cruelty he witnesses he flees Yorkshire and takes to the road for a series of adventures. On his return to London, Nicholas uncovers a plot to destroy his sister and even loses his heart in the first of Dickens' romantic stories. A great social campaigner, Dickens highlighted the plight of unwanted children in corrupt institutions and shocked his middle class readers.

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Contents

Of Miss Squeers Mrs Squeers Master Squeers and
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KATE NICKLEBT SITTING TO MISS LA CREEVV
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Mr Newman Noggs Inducts Mrs and Miss Nickleby into
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NEWMAN NOGGS LEAVES THE LADIES IN THE EMPTY HOUSE
100
Nicholas varies the monotony of Dotheboys Hall by a most
109
NICHOLAS ASTONISHES MR SQUEERS AND FAMILY
116
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
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MADAME MANTALINI INTRODUCES KATE TO MISS KNAG
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Miss Knag after doating on Kate Nickleby for three whole
161
Descriptive of a Dinner at Mr Ralph Nicklebys and of
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MISS NICKLEBT INTRODUCED TO HER UNCLES FRIENDS
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MR RALPH NICKLEBYS HONEST COMPOSURE
183
Wherein Nicholas at length encounters his Uncle to whom
184
Madame Mantalini finds herself in a Situation of some Diffi
193
THE PROFESSIONAL GENTLEMAN AT MADAME MANTALINIS
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 Snevcllicci 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
AFFECTIONATE BEHAVIOUR OP MESSRS FYKE AND PLUCK
261
Miss Nickleby rendered desperate by the Persecution
268
Of the Proceedings of Nicholas and certain Internal Divi
281
NICHOLAS HINTS AT THE PROBABILITY OF HIS LEAVING THE COMPANY
288
Festivities are held in honour of Nicholas who suddenly
289
THEATRICAL EMOTION OF MR VINCENT CRUMMLES
300
Of Ralph Nickleby and Newman Noggs and some wise
301
LINKINWATER INTIMATES 1113 APPROVAL OF NICHOLAS
356
Comprises certain Particulars arising out of a Visit
366
A SUDDEN RECOGNITION UNEXPECTED ON BOTH SIDES
373
In which another old Friend encounters Smike very
378
In which Nicholas falls in Love He employs a Mediator
385
NICHOLAS RECOGNISES THE YOUNG LADY UNKNOWN
390
Containingsome Romantic Passages between Mrs Nickleby
398
THE GENTLEMAN NEXT DOOR DECLARES HIS PASSION FOR MRS MCKLEDY
404
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
MR MANTALINI POISONS HIMSELF FOR THE SEVENTH TIME
435
Containing matter of a surprising kind
439
MR SNAWLEY ENLARGES ON PARENTAL INSTINCT
444
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
NICHOLAS MAKES HIS FIRST VISIT TO MR BRAY 4
487
Involves a serious Catastrophe
493
THE LAST DRAWL BETWEEN SIR MULBERRY AND HIS PLPIL
500
The project of Mr Ralph Nickleby and his Friend approaching
504
GREAT EXCITEMENT OF MISS KENWIG3 AT THE HAIRDRESSERS SHOP
518
Containing the further progress of the Plot contrived by
523
NICHOLAS CONGRATULATES ARTHUR GRIDE ON HIS WEDDING MORNING
543
Of Family matters Cares Hopes Disappointments and Sor
545
How Ralph Nicklebys Auxiliary went about his work
564
MR SQUEERS AND MRS SLIDERSKEW UNCONSCIOUS OF VISITORS
571
Chap LIXThe Plots begin to fail and doubts and dangers to disturb
577
Wherein Nicholas and his Sister forfeit the Good Opinion
596
An old Acquaintance is Recognised under melancholy cir
615
THE BREAKING UP AT DOTIIEBOYS HALL
617
THE CHILDREN AT THEIR COUSINS GRAVE
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Page 35 - When I say number one," pursued Mr. Squeers, putting the mug before the children, "the boy on the left hand nearest the window may take a drink ; and when I say number two the boy next him will go in, and so till we come to number five, which is the last boy. Are you ready ?" "Yes, Sir," cried all the little boys, with great eagerness.

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