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Dombey and Son

By Charles Dickens


Title:     Dombey and Son
Author: Charles Dickens

Table of Content

1. Chapter 1. Dombey and Son
2. Chapter 2. In which Timely Provision is made for an Emergency that will sometimes arise in the best-regulated Families
3. Chapter 3. In which Mr Dombey, as a Man and a Father, is seen at the Head of the Home-Department
4. Chapter 4. In which some more First Appearances are made on the Stage of these Adventures
5. Chapter 5. Paul's Progress and Christening
6. Chapter 6. Paul's Second Deprivation
7. Chapter 7. A Bird's-eye Glimpse of Miss Tox's Dwelling-place; also of the State of Miss Tox's Affections
8. Chapter 8. Paul's further Progress, Growth, and Character
9. Chapter 9. In which the Wooden Midshipman gets into Trouble
10. Chapter 10. Containing the Sequel of the Midshipman's Disaster
11. Chapter 11. Paul's Introduction to a New Scene
12. Chapter 12. Paul's Education
13. Chapter 13. Shipping Intelligence and Office Business
14. Chapter 14. Paul grows more and more Old-fashioned, and goes Home for the holidays
15. Chapter 15. Amazing Artfulness of Captain Cuttle, and a new Pursuit for Walter Gay
16. Chapter 16. What the Waves were always saying
17. Chapter 17. Captain Cuttle does a little Business for the Young people
18. Chapter 18. Father and Daughter
19. Chapter 19. Walter goes away
20. Chapter 20. Mr Dombey goes upon a journey
21. Chapter 21. New Faces
22. Chapter 22. A Trifle of Management by Mr Carker the Manager
23. Chapter 23. Florence solitary, and the Midshipman mysterious
24. Chapter 24. The Study of a Loving Heart
25. Chapter 25. Strange News of Uncle Sol
26. Chapter 26. Shadows of the Past and Future
27. Chapter 27. Deeper shadows
28. Chapter 28. Alterations
29. Chapter 29. The Opening of the Eyes of Mrs Chick
30. Chapter 30. The Interval before the Marriage
31. Chapter 31. The Wedding
32. Chapter 32. The Wooden Midshipman goes to Pieces
33. Chapter 33. Contrasts
34. Chapter 34. Another Mother and Daughter
35. Chapter 35. The Happy Pair
36. Chapter 36. Housewarming
37. Chapter 37. More Warnings than One
38. Chapter 38. Miss Tox improves an Old Acquaintance
39. Chapter 39. Further Adventures of Captain Edward Cuttle, Mariner
40. Chapter 40. Domestic Relations
41. Chapter 41. New Voices in the Waves
42. Chapter 42. Confidential and Accidental
43. Chapter 43. The Watches of the Night
44. Chapter 44. A Separation
45. Chapter 45. The Trusty Agent
46. Chapter 46. Recognizant and Reflective
47. Chapter 47. The Thunderbolt
48. Chapter 48. The Flight of Florence
49. Chapter 49. The Midshipman makes a Discovery
50. Chapter 50. Mr Toots's Complaint
51. Chapter 51. Mr Dombey and the World
52. Chapter 52. Secret Intelligence
53. Chapter 53. More Intelligence
54. Chapter 54. The Fugitives
55. Chapter 55. Rob the Grinder loses his Place
56. Chapter 56. Several People delighted, and the Game Chicken disgusted
57. Chapter 57. Another Wedding
58. Chapter 58. After a Lapse
59. Chapter 59. Retribution
60. Chapter 60. Chiefly Matrimonial
61. Chapter 61. Relenting
62. Chapter 62. Final

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Review/comment: I am amazed at how Dickens treats the "meritocrat". People like James Carker and Uriah Heep have achieved their position in spite of enormous handicaps, even in the terms described in the novels. They are more able than their employers, and have to be subservient to them to survive in the world they wish to inhabit. Dickens find Carker, his own creation, hard to deal with. On the one hand, he is good-looking "fair face" cultivated, multi-lingual, with exquisite taste in furnishing his home. But Dickens finds his choice of books not uplifting enough (too many French novels?) and brings in expressions of disgust in his wholly personal views of Carker's furnishing style. What Carker says to Edith Dombey and his brother about Dombey rings true; his brother in particular seems a model of guilt feelings and self-abasement which nowadays would need therapy. He unlike his brother "knows his place". Is Dickens in spite of all his social justice views a pure product of the Victorian class system?