This is the first of his books that features a heroine rather than a hero at the center of the story. Summary by Mil Nicholson Genre s : General Fiction Language: English Section Chapter Reader Time 00 00:03:57 01 00:34:23 02 00:34:21 03 00:31:42 04 00:36:01 05 00:51:17 06 00:55:38 07 00:15:30 08 00:59:52 09 00:36:19 10 00:35:56 11 00:40:01 12 00:50:15 13 00:36:46 14 01:03:23 15 00:39:00 16 00:15:51 17 00:31:59 18 00:49:07 19 00:36:14 20 00:40:03 21 00:29:31 22 00:52:07 23 00:59:34 24 00:31:22 25 00:25:38 26 00:44:37 27 00:47:31 28 00:28:13 29 00:32:26 30 00:41:26 31 00:46:24 32 00:49:25 33 00:37:14 34 00:33:57 35 00:34:12 36 00:34:20 37 00:32:15 38 00:27:08 39 00:46:50 40 00:47:36 41 00:30:45 42 00:45:50 43 00:25:01 44 00:27:31 45 00:27:19 46 00:36:44 47 01:00:06 48 00:33:05 49 00:49:53 50 00:49:56 51 00:24:53 52 00:43:46 53 00:45:43 54 00:32:15 55 00:33:50 56 01:03:58 57 00:22:00 58 00:44:08 59 00:54:10 60 00:35:55 61 00:37:49 62 00:18:01. I'd never have thought that I'd care passionately about Susan Nipper, Cap'n Cuttle, Miss Tox, or Mr. Doctor Parker Peps, one of the Court Physicians, and a man of immense reputation for assisting at the increase of great families, was walking up and down the drawing-room with his hands behind him, to the unspeakable admiration of the family Surgeon, who had regularly puffed the case for the last six weeks, among all his patients, friends, and acquaintances, as one to which he was in hourly expectation day and night of being summoned, in conjunction with Doctor Parker Peps. Dombey is a distinction which I have long sought, but very little expected at the present moment. I really wanted to finish it in 2016 and I really got into last quarter of the book.
Dombey, who was one of those close-shaved close-cut moneyed gentlemen who are glossy and crisp like new bank-notes, and who seem to be artificially braced and tightened as by the stimulating action of golden shower-baths. Third, this is a real page-turner with its multiple plots and narrative twists and turns. The time had now come, however, when he could no longer be divided between these two sets of feelings. An opening happened to present itself that very night. Florence, on the other hand, is thrilled to have a new mother and they take to each other right away.
Dombey, turning round in his easy chair, as one piece, and not as a man with limbs and joints, I understand you are poor, and wish to earn money by nursing the little boy, my son, who has been so prematurely deprived of what can never be replaced. Obsessed with the fortune of his firm, Dombey and Son, and the necessity of passing it on to his sickly infant son, Dombey's pride leads him to a number of potentially ruinous actions, and both personal and professional errors of judgement. If Uncle Sol had been going to be hanged by his own time, he never would have allowed that the chronometer was too fast, by the least fraction of a second. And, perhaps, unlearned as she was, she could have brought a dawning knowledge home to Mr Dombey at that early day, which would not then have struck him in the end like lightning. The relentless chronometer at last announced that Walter must turn his back upon the wooden Midshipman: and away they went, himself, his Uncle, and the Captain, in a hackney-coach to a wharf, where they were to take steam-boat for some Reach down the river, the name of which, as the Captain gave it out, was a hopeless mystery to the ears of landsmen. I'm very happy I have so many left to explore.
Dombey also has a daughter, Florence, whom he ignores and despises. Traces of its course were visible on every side …Here, a chaos of carts, overthrown and jumbled together, lay topsy-turvy at the bottom of a steep unnatural hill; there, confused treasures of iron soaked and rusted in something that had accidentally become a pond. After his ship sunk, he was rescued by a passing boat and only now returned to England. This book certainly had its unforgettable characters, my favorites were Cap'n Cuttle, Walter Gay, Mr. Florence at parting recapitulated to the old man all that she had said before, and bound him to the compact.
The following version of this book was used to create this study guide: Dickens, Charles. Meanwhile, Florence receives wonderful news: Walter is not in fact. But it did so happen, that one of the Royal Married Females, hearing the inquiry, reminded the matron of another who had gone to her own home, and who, she said, would in all likelihood be most satisfactory. More than this, they passed into the shop, and passed in at the parlour door before they were observed by anybody but the Midshipman. Dombey dotes on his son, and neglects and mistreats his daughter.
As for settings, mainly London, the complete stand-out for me was the dystopian vision of Camden Town near the beginning, mercilessly hacked through by the new-build railway. Another entertaining cameo role is played by Mrs Pipchin, the cantankerous operator of a boarding house in Brighton where Paul and Florence are sent for Paul's health. He unscrewed his hook at dinnertime, and screwed a knife into its wooden socket instead, with which he had already begun to peel one of these potatoes for Walter. Toots and Susan, and for villain, the sheer toothiness of Mr. Being liable himself to similar unlooked for checks from Mrs Chick, their little contests usually possessed a character of uncertainty that was very animating. Not everyone is blind to Florence's worth, though. Everything in his life is focused and directed towards this.
But these flights of fancy seldom burnished the brass plate of Dombey and Son's Offices into a tablet of golden hope, or shed a brilliant lustre on their dirty skylights; and when the Captain and Uncle Sol talked about Richard Whittington and masters' daughters, Walter felt that he understood his true position at Dombey and Son's much better than they did. Her eyes were liable to a similar affection. Miss Nipper received that proof of her confidence, as well as the prospect of their free association for the future, rather coldly, and was anything but enthusiastic in her demonstrations of joy. With his quadrant at his round black knob of an eye, and his figure in its old attitude of indomitable alacrity, the Midshipman displayed his elfin small-clothes to the best advantage, and, absorbed in scientific pursuits, had no sympathy with worldly concerns. There are the biting social criticisms that Dickens loved to bring to his audience's attention - the growth of the railway, the educational system, the impact of the 'marriage market' that results in transactions as cynical as any in the commercial world. Or, at all events, with one drawback.
And although Florence, Dombey's long-suffering daughter, was unrealistically flawless -- reading about her was rather like reading about a china figurine -- the other characters, all of whom are fully and convincingly drawn, more than make up for Florence's incredible perfection. I am sure, she said, I hope this heart-rending occurrence will be a warning to all of us, to accustom ourselves to rouse ourselves, and to make efforts in time where they're required of us. So he deliberately went out of his way to excise the fun, and accentuate the grim. The less so, as there seemed to be no flaw in the title of Polly Toodle after his sister had set it forth, with many commendations on the indefatigable friendship of Miss Tox. To say nothing of his Welsh wig, which was as plain and stubborn a Welsh wig as ever was worn, and in which he looked like anything but a Rover, he was a slow, quiet-spoken, thoughtful old fellow, with eyes as red as if they had been small suns looking at you through a fog; and a newly-awakened manner, such as he might have acquired by having stared for three or four days successively through every optical instrument in his shop, and suddenly came back to the world again, to find it green. Dombey wishes and prays that fate had taken Florence instead of Paul.