Nicholas Nickleby, by Charles Dickens

Table of Contents

  1. Introduces all the Rest
  2. Of Mr Ralph Nickleby, and his Establishments, and his Undertakings, and of a great Joint Stock Company of vast national Importance
  3. Mr Ralph Nickleby receives Sad Tidings of his Brother, but bears up nobly against the Intelligence communicated to him. The Reader is informed how he liked Nicholas, who is herein introduced, and how kindly he proposed to make his Fortune at once
  4. Nicholas and his Uncle (to secure the Fortune without loss of time) wait upon Mr Wackford Squeers, the Yorkshire Schoolmaster
  5. Nicholas starts for Yorkshire. Of his Leave-taking and his Fellow–Travellers, and what befell them on the Road
  6. In which the Occurrence of the Accident mentioned in the last Chapter, affords an Opportunity to a couple of Gentlemen to tell Stories against each other
  7. Mr and Mrs Squeers at Home
  8. Of the Internal Economy of Dotheboys Hall
  9. Of Miss Squeers, Mrs Squeers, Master Squeers, and Mr Squeers; and of various Matters and Persons connected no less with the Squeerses than Nicholas Nickleby
  10. How Mr Ralph Nickleby provided for his Niece and Sister-in–Law
  11. Newman Noggs inducts Mrs and Miss Nickleby into their New Dwelling in the City
  12. Whereby the Reader will be enabled to trace the further course of Miss Fanny Squeer’s Love, and to ascertain whether it ran smooth or otherwise.
  13. Nicholas varies the Monotony of Dothebys Hall by a most vigorous and remarkable proceeding, which leads to Consequences of some Importance
  14. Having the Misfortune to treat of none but Common People, is necessarily of a Mean and Vulgar Character
  15. Acquaints the Reader with the Cause and Origin of the Interruption described in the last Chapter, and with some other Matters necessary to be known
  16. Nicholas seeks to employ himself in a New Capacity, and being unsuccessful, accepts an engagement as Tutor in a Private Family
  17. Follows the Fortunes of Miss Nickleby
  18. Miss Knag, after doting on Kate Nickleby for three whole Days, makes up her Mind to hate her for evermore. The Causes which led Miss Knag to form this Resolution
  19. Descriptive of a Dinner at Mr Ralph Nickleby’s, and of the Manner in which the Company entertained themselves, before Dinner, at Dinner, and after Dinner.
  20. Wherein Nicholas at length encounters his Uncle, to whom he expresses his Sentiments with much Candour. His Resolution.
  21. Madam Mantalini finds herself in a Situation of some Difficulty, and Miss Nickleby finds herself in no Situation at all
  22. Nicholas, accompanied by Smike, sallies forth to seek his Fortune. He encounters Mr Vincent Crummles; and who he was, is herein made manifest
  23. Treats of the Company of Mr Vincent Crummles, and of his Affairs, Domestic and Theatrical
  24. Of the Great Bespeak for Miss Snevellicci, and the first Appearance of Nicholas upon any Stage
  25. Concerning a young Lady from London, who joins the Company, and an elderly Admirer who follows in her Train; with an affecting Ceremony consequent on their Arrival
  26. Is fraught with some Danger to Miss Nickleby’s Peace of Mind
  27. Mrs Nickleby becomes acquainted with Messrs Pyke and Pluck, whose Affection and Interest are beyond all Bounds
  28. Miss Nickleby, rendered desperate by the Persecution of Sir Mulberry Hawk, and the Complicated Difficulties and Distresses which surround her, appeals, as a last resource, to her Uncle for Protection
  29. Of the Proceedings of Nicholas, and certain Internal Divisions in the Company of Mr Vincent Crummles
  30. Festivities are held in honour of Nicholas, who suddenly withdraws himself from the Society of Mr Vincent Crummles and his Theatrical Companions
  31. Of Ralph Nickleby and Newman Noggs, and some wise Precautions, the success or failure of which will appear in the Sequel
  32. Relating chiefly to some remarkable Conversation, and some remarkable Proceedings to which it gives rise
  33. In which Mr Ralph Nickleby is relieved, by a very expeditious Process, from all Commerce with his Relations
  34. Wherein Mr Ralph Nickleby is visited by Persons with whom the Reader has been already made acquainted
  35. Smike becomes known to Mrs Nickleby and Kate. Nicholas also meets with new Acquaintances. Brighter Days seem to dawn upon the Family
  36. Private and confidential; relating to Family Matters. Showing how Mr Kenwigs underwent violent Agitation, and how Mrs Kenwigs was as well as could be expected
  37. Nicholas finds further Favour in the Eyes of the brothers Cheeryble and Mr Timothy Linkinwater. The brothers give a Banquet on a great Annual Occasion. Nicholas, on returning Home from it, receives a mysterious and important Disclosure from the Lips of Mrs Nickleby
  38. Comprises certain Particulars arising out of a Visit of Condolence, which may prove important hereafter. Smike unexpectedly encounters a very old Friend, who invites him to his House, and will take no Denial
  39. In which another old Friend encounters Smike, very opportunely and to some Purpose
  40. In which Nicholas falls in Love. He employs a Mediator, whose Proceedings are crowned with unexpected Success, excepting in one solitary Particular
  41. Containing some Romantic Passages between Mrs Nickleby and the Gentleman in the Small-clothes next Door
  42. Illustrative of the convivial Sentiment, that the best of Friends must sometimes part
  43. Officiates as a kind of Gentleman Usher, in bringing various People together
  44. Mr Ralph Nickleby cuts an old Acquaintance. It would also appear from the Contents hereof, that a Joke, even between Husband and Wife, may be sometimes carried too far
  45. Containing Matter of a surprising Kind
  46. Throws some Light upon Nicholas’s Love; but whether for Good or Evil the Reader must determine
  47. Mr Ralph Nickleby has some confidential Intercourse with another old Friend. They concert between them a Project, which promises well for both
  48. Being for the Benefit of Mr Vincent Crummles, and positively his last Appearance on this Stage
  49. Chronicles the further Proceedings of the Nickleby Family, and the Sequel of the Adventure of the Gentleman in the Small-clothes
  50. Involves a serious Catastrophe
  51. The Project of Mr Ralph Nickleby and his Friend approaching a successful Issue, becomes unexpectedly known to another Party, not admitted into their Confidence
  52. Nicholas despairs of rescuing Madeline Bray, but plucks up his Spirits again, and determines to attempt it. Domestic Intelligence of the Kenwigses and Lillyvicks
  53. Containing the further Progress of the Plot contrived by Mr Ralph Nickleby and Mr Arthur Gride
  54. The Crisis of the Project and its Result
  55. Of Family Matters, Cares, Hopes, Disappointments, and Sorrows
  56. Ralph Nickleby, baffled by his Nephew in his late Design, hatches a Scheme of Retaliation which Accident suggests to him, and takes into his Counsels a tried Auxiliary
  57. How Ralph Nickleby’s Auxiliary went about his Work, and how he prospered with it
  58. In which one Scene of this History is closed
  59. The Plots begin to fail, and Doubts and Dangers to disturb the Plotter
  60. The Dangers thicken, and the Worst is told
  61. Wherein Nicholas and his Sister forfeit the good Opinion of all worldly and prudent People
  62. Ralph makes one last Appointment — and keeps it
  63. The Brothers Cheeryble make various Declarations for themselves and others. Tim Linkinwater makes a Declaration for himself
  64. An old Acquaintance is recognised under melancholy Circumstances, and Dotheboys Hall breaks up for ever
  65. Conclusion

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