The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby (Version 3)

Charles DICKENS (1812 - 1870)

Nicholas Nickleby was Dickens's third novel following on from Pickwick Papers and Oliver twist. It has a cast of wonderful characters that include Wackford Squeers, the reprehensible and villainous headmaster whose reign of terror at his school in Yorkshire resulted in the abuse and deaths of many of his unwanted and orphaned children, Mr Vincent Crummles and his hilariously inept touring company, the munificent Cheeryble brothers, Ralph Nickleby, Nicholas's uncle, a mean spirited man who is driven by avarice and irrational hatred of his nephew, Smike a boy brutalised by Squeers and his family leaving him mentally and physically handicapped and Mrs Nickleby, Nicholas’s mother, who is pretentiously genteel and somewhat garrulous.

There are many more finely drawn characters who combine to make this not only a comic masterpiece of the period but more than one love story threads its way through the dialogue. Probably what we would call today a ‘Romacom’ and as such Nicholas Nickleby never ceases to delight. (Summary by Peter Keeble)

Genre(s): General Fiction

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 00 Authors Preface Peter John Keeble
Play 01 Chapter 1- Introduces All The Rest Peter John Keeble
Play 02 Of Mr Ralph Nickleby, And His Establishments . . . Peter John Keeble
Play 03 Mr Ralph Nickleby receives sad tidings of his brother . . .The reader is informed how he liked Nicholas . . . Peter John Keeble
Play 04 Nicholas and his Uncle . . . wait upon Mr Wackford Squeers, the Yorkshire Schoolmaster Peter John Keeble
Play 05 Nicholas starts for Yorkshire. Of his Leave-taking and his Fellow-Travellers . . . Peter John Keeble
Play 06 In which the Occurrence of the Accident . . . affords an Opportunity . . .to tell Stories against each other Peter John Keeble
Play 07 Mr and Mrs Squeers at Home Peter John Keeble
Play 08 Of the Internal Economy of Dotheboys Hall Peter John Keeble
Play 09 Of Miss Squeers, Mrs Squeers, Master Squeers, and Mr Squeers . . . Peter John Keeble
Play 10 How Mr Ralph Nickleby provided for his Niece and Sister-in-Law Peter John Keeble
Play 11 Newman Noggs inducts Mrs and Miss Nickleby into their New Dwelling in the City Peter John Keeble
Play 12 Whereby the Reader will be enabled to trace the further course of Miss Fanny Squeer's Love . . . Peter John Keeble
Play 13 Nicholas varies the Monotony of Dothebys Hall . . . Peter John Keeble
Play 14 Having the Misfortune to treat of none but Common People . . . Peter John Keeble
Play 15 Acquaints the Reader with the Cause and Origin of the Interruption . . . Peter John Keeble
Play 16 Nicholas seeks to employ himself in a New Capacity . . . Peter John Keeble
Play 17 Follows the Fortunes of Miss Nickleby Peter John Keeble
Play 18 Miss Knag, after doting on Kate Nickleby . . . makes up her Mind to hate her for evermore . . . Peter John Keeble
Play 19 Descriptive of a Dinner at Mr Ralph Nickleby's . . . Peter John Keeble
Play 20 Wherein Nicholas at length encounters his Uncle . . . His Resolution. Peter John Keeble
Play 21 Madam Mantalini finds herself in a Situation . . . and Miss Nickleby finds herself in no Situation at all Peter John Keeble
Play 22 Nicholas, accompanied by Smike, sallies forth to seek his Fortune . . . Peter John Keeble
Play 23 Treats of the Company of Mr Vincent Crummles, and of his Affairs, Domestic and Theatrical Peter John Keeble
Play 24 Of the Great Bespeak for Miss Snevellicci . . . Peter John Keeble
Play 25 Concerning a young Lady from London . . . and an elderly Admirer who follows in her Train . . . Peter John Keeble
Play 26 Is fraught with some Danger to Miss Nickleby's Peace of Mind Peter John Keeble
Play 27 Mrs Nickleby becomes acquainted with Messrs Pyke and Pluck . . . Peter John Keeble
Play 28 Miss Nickleby, rendered desperate by the Persecution of Sir Mulberry Hawk . . . appeals. . . to her Uncle for Protection Peter John Keeble
Play 29 Of the Proceedings of Nicholas, and certain Internal Divisions in the Company . . . Peter John Keeble
Play 30 Festivities are held in honour of Nicholas . . . Peter John Keeble
Play 31 Of Ralph Nickleby and Newman Noggs . . . Peter John Keeble
Play 32 Relating chiefly to some remarkable Conversation, and some remarkable Proceedings . . . Peter John Keeble
Play 33 In which Mr. Ralph Nickleby is relieved, by a very expeditious Process, from all Commerce with his Relations Peter John Keeble
Play 34 Wherein Mr. Ralph Nickleby is visited by Persons with whom the Reader has been already made acquainted Peter John Keeble
Play 35 Smike becomes known to Mrs. Nickleby and Kate. Nicholas also meets with new Acquaintances . . . Peter John Keeble
Play 36 Private and confidential; relating to Family Matters . . . Mr Kenwigs underwent violent Agitation . . . Mrs. Kenwigs was as well as could be expected Peter John Keeble
Play 37 Nicholas finds further Favour in the Eyes of the brothers Cheeryble and Mr Timothy Linkinwater . . . Peter John Keeble
Play 38 Comprises certain Particulars arising out of a Visit of Condolence . . . Smike unexpectedly encounters a very old Friend . . . Peter John Keeble
Play 39 In which another old Friend encounters Smike, very opportunely . . . Peter John Keeble
Play 40 In which Nicholas falls in Love. . . . Peter John Keeble
Play 41 Containing some Romantic Passages between Mrs. Nickleby and the Gentleman in the Small-clothes next Door Peter John Keeble
Play 42 Illustrative of the convivial Sentiment, that the best of Friends must sometimes part Peter John Keeble
Play 43 Officiates as a kind of Gentleman Usher, in bringing various People together Peter John Keeble
Play 44 Mr. Ralph Nickleby cuts an old Acquaintance . . Peter John Keeble
Play 45 Containing Matter of a surprising Kind Peter John Keeble
Play 46 Throws some Light upon Nicholas's Love, but whether for Good or Evil the Reader must determine Peter John Keeble
Play 47 Mr. Ralph Nickleby has some confidential Intercourse with another old Friend. . . Peter John Keeble
Play 48 Being for the Benefit of Mr. Vincent Crummles, and positively his last Appearance on this Stage Peter John Keeble
Play 49 Chronicles the further Proceedings of the Nickleby Family, and the Sequel of the Adventure of the Gentleman in the Small-clothes Peter John Keeble
Play 50 Involves a serious Catastrophe Peter John Keeble
Play 51 The Project of Mr. Ralph Nickleby and his Friend approaching a successful Issue, becomes unexpectedly known to another Party . . . Peter John Keeble
Play 52 Nicholas despairs of rescuing Madeline Bray . . . Peter John Keeble
Play 53 Containing the further Progress of the Plot contrived by Mr. Ralph Nickleby and Mr. Arthur Gride Peter John Keeble
Play 54 The Crisis of the Project and its Result Peter John Keeble
Play 55 Of Family Matters, Cares, Hopes, Disappointments, and Sorrows Peter John Keeble
Play 56 Ralph Nickleby, baffled by his Nephew in his late Design, hatches a Scheme of Retaliation . . . Peter John Keeble
Play 57 How Ralph Nickleby's Auxiliary went about his Work, and how he prospered with it Peter John Keeble
Play 58 In which one Scene of this History is closed Peter John Keeble
Play 59 The Plots begin to fail, and Doubts and Dangers to disturb the Plotter Peter John Keeble
Play 60 The Dangers thicken, and the Worst is Told Peter John Keeble
Play 61 Wherein Nicholas and his Sister forfeit the good Opinion of all worldly and prudent People Peter John Keeble
Play 62 Ralph makes one last Appointment—and keeps it Peter John Keeble
Play 63 The Brothers Cheeryble make various Declarations for themselves and others . . . Peter John Keeble
Play 64 An old Acquaintance is recognised . . . and Dotheboys Hall breaks up for ever Peter John Keeble
Play 65 Conclusion Peter John Keeble