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Dombey and Son

Dombey and Son by Charles Dickens

Dombey and Son is a novel by the Victorian author Charles Dickens. The story concerns Paul Dombey, the wealthy owner of the shipping company of the book’s title, whose dream is to have a son to continue his business. The book begins when his son is born, and Dombey’s wife dies shortly after giving birth.

As with most of Dickens’ work, a number of socially significant themes are to be found in this book. In particular the book deals with the then-prevalent common practice of arranged marriages for financial gain. Other themes to be detected within this work include child cruelty (particularly in Dombey’s treatment of Florence), familial relationships, and as ever in Dickens, betrayal and deceit and the consequences thereof. (Wikipedia)

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by Charles Dickens


1. Dombey and Son 2. In which Timely Provision is made for an Emergency that will sometimes arise in the best regulated Families 3. In which Mr Dombey, as a Man and a Father, is seen at the Head of the Home Department 4. In which some more First Appearances are made on the Stage of these Adventures 5. Paul's Progress and Christening 6. Paul's Second Deprivation 7. A Bird's eye Glimpse of Miss Tox's Dwelling place; also of the State of Miss Tox's Affections 8. Paul's further Progress, Growth, and Character 9. In which the Wooden Midshipman gets into Trouble 10. Containing the Sequel of the Midshipman's Disaster 11. Paul's Introduction to a New Scene 12. Paul's Education 13. Shipping Intelligence and Office Business 14. Paul grows more and more Old fashioned, and goes Home for the holidays 15. Amazing Artfulness of Captain Cuttle, and a new Pursuit for Walter Gay 16. What the Waves were always saying 17... Continue reading book >>

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