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Dombey becomes a very protective and jealous father, assisted by his sister Mrs. Chick and her close friend Miss Tox, who is secretly in love with Mr. The day-to-day care of the children is handled by Susan Nipper, Florence's maid, and Polly Toodle, renamed Richards, who is hired to be Paul's nurse. The two women do the best they can to ensure Florence is not totally neglected, but Mr.
Dombey's preference for his son is very clear. Not far away from the Dombey house, in a combined residence and shop selling instruments for the navigation of ships, lives Sol Gills, a retired sea man, and his orphaned nephew Walter Gay. Their friend Captain Cuttle, also a naval man, frequently joins them.
Walter has just begun a new position as a clerk at the Dombey firm, which is important to Sol who notices declining business at the shop, and feels that his livelihood is becoming outdated. At Paul's christening, a few months after his birth, Mr. Dombey offers Richards what he thinks is a thoughtful gift as a thank you for caring for his son: Mr. Dombey will cover the cost of her eldest son, Rob, being educated at a charity school.
This news makes Richards sad that her son is growing up quickly, and Susan proposes going to visit him and the rest of the Toodle family. Together, Susan and Richards set out with Paul and Florence. After visiting the Toodle family in a working class neighborhood, they are making their way back home when Florence becomes separated from them. Lost, alone and frightened, she is initially relieved when an old woman named Mrs.
Brown offers to help her, but Mrs. Brown leads her back to a hovel and forces Florence to remove her expensive clothing, leaving her dressed in rags instead. When Florence is set free, she tries to make her way to her father's offices and eventually meets Walter.
Walter immediately feels protective towards her, and brings her back to Sol's shop to wait while he tells her family that she is safe. This interaction lays the roots for friendship between Florence, Walter, and Sol.
When Florence returns, Mr. Dombey is only marginally pleased that his daughter has been rescued and is very angry with Susan and Richards for endangering Paul. Richards is dismissed from her position, and a new nurse, Wickam, is hired.
As Paul grows older, it becomes clear that he is serious, thoughtful, and precocious, but also physically frail and sickly. When he is five, doctors recommend that he spend time at the seashore, so Paul, Florence, and Wickam move to Brighton where they move into a children's boarding house, run by Mrs.
Pipchin , who is cold and unsympathetic. Meanwhile, the financial conditions at Sol's shop have declined further, and he has defaulted on a loan. After consulting with Captain Cuttle, they decide to ask Mr. Dombey for a loan. He does secure the loan, but only after Dombey humiliates him for needing to ask for money. During this same time period, Miss Tox's attachment to the Dombey family has caught the interest of her neighbor, Major Bagstock, who is attracted to her and becomes jealous.
He travels to Brighton and manages to befriend Dombey, who is taken in by his flattery. Since Paul's health seems to be improving, when he is six he is sent to Doctor Blimber 's school, also at Brighton, to begin his formal education. He does inspire a great deal of affection from the other students, especially as his health declines further. When the school term ends, there is a large party to say good-bye, and then Florence and Paul return to the Dombey mansion, where Paul's health continues to worsen.
At the Dombey firm, business matters are largely handled by James Carker, manager, a sinister but smooth-talking man whom Dombey trusts deeply. One day, Dombey and Carker are discussing the need to send someone to fill a position in the West Indies, an unpromising and uninspiring position. Walter happens to be in the office delivering a letter from Florence, and his presence irritates Dombey by reminding him of his neglected daughter.
Impulsively, he decides Walter should be the one to fill the post. Walter is uncertain about this position, and seeks guidance from John Carker.
Although he is the elder brother of James, he occupies a much more junior position since many years before, he had been caught stealing from the firm. Ever since then, James has been disgusted with his brother, and frequently humiliates him at work; he has also severed ties with their sister Harriet, after she chose to remain in contact with John. John tells Walter that he has always felt fond and protective of him.
Walter is resigned to departing for the West Indies, but cannot bring himself to break the news to Sol. He asks Captain Cuttle to do so instead, also telling Cuttle to present the move as temporary, and as a promotion. While Walter walks around to avoid being present for this conversation, he runs into Susan Nipper who is frantically trying to locate Richards. Paul, now dying, has asked to see his old nurse. When he discovers that she has left him, he blames Florence for siding with her stepmother, striking her on the breast in his anger.
Florence is forced to run away from home. Highly distraught, she finally makes her way to The Midshipman where she lodges with Captain Cuttle as he attempts to restore her to health.
They are visited frequently by Mr. Toots and his prizefighter companion, the Chicken, since Mr. Toots has been desperately in love with Florence since their time together in Brighton.
Dombey sets out to find his wife. He is helped by Mrs. Brown and her daughter, Alice, who, as it turns out, was a former lover of Mr. After being transported as a convict for criminal activities, which Mr. Carker had involved her in, she is seeking her revenge against him now that she has returned to England. Going to Mrs. Brown's house, Dombey overhears the conversation between Rob the Grinder — who is in the employment of Mr.
Carker — and the old woman as to the couple's whereabouts and sets off in pursuit. In the meantime, in Dijon, Mrs. Dombey informs Carker that she sees him in no better a light than she sees Dombey, that she will not stay with him, and she flees their apartment. Distraught, with both his financial and personal hopes lost, Carker flees from his former employer's pursuit.
He seeks refuge back in England, but being greatly overwrought, accidentally falls under a train and is killed. Toots by 'Kyd' Joseph Clayton Clarke After Carker's death, it is discovered that he had been running the firm far beyond its means. This information is gleaned by Carker's brother and sister, John and Harriet, from Mr. Morfin, the assistant manager at Dombey and Son, who sets out to help John Carker. He often overheard the conversations between the two brothers in which James, the younger, often abused John, the older, who was just a lowly clerk and who is sacked by Dombey because of his filial relationship to the former manager.
As his nearest relations, John and Harriet inherit all Carker's ill-gotten gains, to which they feel they have no right. Consequently, they surreptitiously give the proceeds to Mr.
Dombey, through Mr. Morphin, who is instructed to let Dombey believe that they are merely something forgotten from the general wreck of his fortunes. Meanwhile, back at The Midshipman, Walter reappears, having been saved by a passing ship after floating adrift with two other sailors on some wreckage.
After some time, he and Florence are finally reunited — not as 'brother' and 'sister' but as lovers, and they marry prior to sailing for China on Walter's new ship.
Dombey and Son by Charles Dickens
This is also the time when Sol Gills returns to The Midshipman. As he relates to his friends, he received news whilst in Barbados that a homeward-bound China trader had picked up Walter and so had returned to England immediately. Florence and Walter depart and Sol Gills is entrusted with a letter, written by Walter to her father, pleading for him to be reconciled towards them both.
A year passes and Alice Brown has slowly been dying despite the tender care of Harriet Carker. One night Alice's mother reveals that Alice herself is the illegitimate cousin of Edith Dombey which accounts for their similarity in appearance when they both meet. In a chapter entitled 'Retribution', Dombey and Son goes bankrupt. Dombey retires to two rooms in his house and all its contents are put up for sale. Pipchin, for some time the housekeeper, dismisses all the servants and she herself returns to Brighton, to be replaced by Mrs.
Dombey spends his days sunk in gloom, seeing no-one and thinking only of his daughter: He thought of her as she had been that night when he and his bride came home.
He thought of her as she had been in all the home events of the abandoned house. He thought, now, that of all around him, she alone had never changed. His boy had faded into dust, his proud wife had sunk into a polluted creature, his flatterer and friend had been transformed into the worst of villains, his riches had melted away, the very walls that sheltered him looked on him as a stranger; she alone had turned the same, mild gentle look upon him always.
Yes, to the latest and the last. She had never changed to him — nor had he ever changed to her — and she was lost. Dombey accompanies his daughter to her and Walter's house where he slowly starts to decline, cared for by Florence and also Susan Nipper, now Mrs.
They receive a visit from Edith's Cousin Feenix who takes Florence to Edith for one final time — Feenix sought Edith out in France and she returned to England under his protection.
Edith gives Florence a letter, asking Dombey to forgive her her crime before her departure to the South of Italy with her elderly relative. As she says to Florence, 'I will try, then to forgive him his share of the blame. Let him try to forgive me mine! Walter is doing well in business, having been appointed to a position of great confidence and trust, and Dombey is the proud grandfather of both a grandson and granddaughter whom he dotes on.
The book ends with the highly moving lines: 'Dear grandpapa, why do you cry when you kiss me? Little Florence!
His cold and distant nature had neither sought one, nor found one'. He is left a widower with two children by the end of Chapter 1. However, he only considers his son, Paul, to be worthy of his attention; his daughter, Florence, is 'merely a piece of base coin that couldn't be invested — a bad boy. Dombey's hopes for an heir. His neglect of his daughter Florence causes problems with his second wife, Edith, whom he essentially purchased. Due to Edith's hatred for him and his own misplaced trust in James Carker, Dombey loses his business and his wealth.
Dombey finally realises that his daughter was the only person who truly cared for him, even when he has nothing left. He reconnects with her in his later years and gains an heir through his son-in-law.
A gentle child, he is adored by his sister Florence and beloved of his schoolmates. He dies of an unspecified illness in Chapter She dotes on her little brother. Despite her father's neglect, which amounts to emotional abuse, she loves him and longs for some return of her affection. After her father's wedding to Edith, she bonds with her stepmother.
Florence flees the house when she realizes that Edith has broken with her father, taking refuge with Captain Cuttle at The Wooden Midshipman. She eventually marries Walter Gay and bears him two children. Dr Parker Peps: One of the Court Physicians, pompously confuses Mrs Dombey's name with the names of aristocrats whom he has treated Mrs Blockitt: Nurse, 'a simpering piece of faded gentility' Mr Pilkins: Physician of the Dombey family, defers obsequiously to Dr Peps Mrs Louisa Dombey Chick: Mr Dombey's sister; an anemic copy of her brother, who is also the only person for whom she has any affection.
However, focusing on human nature, power relationships, class, gender and psychological readings ignore the interaction between human nature and non-human. It is clearly seen in Dombey and Son that Dickens shapes his writings by transferring nonhuman nature consciously into his ictional narrative.
Mostly pessimism is extended from nonhuman nature to human, rarely seen is optimism since the environmental argument of Dombey and Son is centred around industrialism, its harsh effects on nature and human beings.
Such a reading will unearth the relationship between the human and the nonhuman and help us interpret the environmental concerns of Dickens and show how they can coexist since our environment becomes a pivotal part of our existence. Personiications of nature reveal a level of meaning in which human beings are personiied with nonhuman qualities and nonhuman with human.
Florence’s Internal Strength and Power in Charles Dickens’ "Dombey and Son"
Characters are depicted in terms of green language. Dickens, , p. The humorous and ironical green language is a critique of new farming practices disregarding nature.
It also indicates how agricultural lands 1 For further reading on a range of topics on Dombey and Son see S. Pratt-Smith, R. Edgecombe, L. Geriguis, A. Schwan and S. A Reading of Nature were lost or wasted for urbanization. While Dr.
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Blimber experiments in his hot-house, Mrs. There were half a dozen specimens of the cactus, writhing round bits of lath, like hairy serpents; another specimen shooting out broad claws, like a green lobster, several creeping vegetables, possessed of sticky and adhesive leaves; and one uncomfortable lower-pot hanging to the ceiling, which appeared to have boiled over, and tickling people underneath with its long green ends… Dickens, , p.
Unhappy with this alternative way of cultivation instead of natural ways, Dickens uses green language in a poetic way so that he could remind readers the limited power human beings have over nature. Fungus trees grow in corners of the cellars.
Dust accumulated, nobody knew whence nor how;.. The grass began to grow upon the roof and in the crevices of the basement paving. A scaly crumbling vegetation sprouted round the window-sills. Dickens, , pp.
Although the house turns into a wilderness, Florence remains unharmed because of her innocence Dickens, , p Florence and Paul are responsive to nature and listen to the waves to get a hopeful message. Even in his death bed, Paul just watched and listened to outside. When the sunbeams struck into his room through the rustling blinds, and quivered on the opposite wall like golden water, he knew that evening was coming on, and that the sky was red and beautiful.
He has spent so much time in bed that he cannot count the days and does not want to know: His compulsory detachment from nature, as a life-giver, is a sign of his approaching death. Just before he dies he tells Florence that he hears the waves, telling him to rest; Sister and brother wound their arms around each other, and the golden light came streaming in, and fell upon them, locked together.
I hear the waves! They always said so! How green the banks were now, how bright the lowers growing on them and how tall the rushes! Now the boat was out at sea, but gliding smoothly on.
And now there was a shore before him. Who stood on the bank— Dickens, , p. As Paul lay dying peaceful thoughts of fancy are formed in his mind. Waves are associated with tranquillity and nostalgia for the lost mother.
Nature is portrayed as a tranquiliser for the ones who are attentive to it. The last person responsive to the waves is Edith, Mr. Night after night the waves are hoarse with repetition of their mystery; the dust lies piled upon the shore; the sea-birds soar and hover; the winds and clouds are on their trackless light; the white arms beckon, in the moonlight, to the invisible country far away.
Dickens, , p Dickens repeats the same passage at the end of the chapter to stress the importance on listening to the waves.
Listening to the waves is vital in the text because Dickens believes in sustaining the sincere relationship between the human and nonhuman. In the edition of the novel, Dickens writes how his stay in Geneva inluenced him; I began this book by the Lake Geneva, and went on with it for some months in France, before pursuing it in England. Mac Stinger among the mountains of Switzerland. Similarly, when I am reminded by any chance of what it was that the waves were always saying, my remembrance wanders for a whole winter night about the streets of Paris- as I restlessly did with a heavy heart, on the night when I had written the chapter in which my little friend and I parted company.
As Lake Geneva inspired him, he imagined his characters listening to the waves to establish an intimate relationship with nature. Dickens started writing Dombey and Son in Lausanne in during his ive-month stay at Rosemont, situated above Lake Geneva. Darren Bevin studies the interest of Dickens on Switzerland and records that Dickens wrote The Battle of Life and the irst three chapters of Dombey and Son , p.
The mountains were held to have cleaner and purer air appropriate for various health treatments, especially respiratory conditions, including tuberculosis. Sanatoria were opened in resorts like Davos that received patients including Elisabeth Gaskell and later, Robert Louis Stevenson. In the Alps, the sick, the healthy and the fashionable converged. Throughout the novel Mr. Dickens starts his inquiry in the same page as; Look round upon the world of odious sights-millions of immortal creatures have no other world on earth…Breathe the polluted air, foul with every impurity that is poisonous to health and life; and have every sense, conferred upon our race for its delight and happiness, offended, sickened and disgusted and made a channel by which misery and death alone can enter.
Dombey compares darker London to a brighter city. He details in the following passage the harm Man gives to Nature, calls it a crime spreading the contagions among the pure. As an eco-critic Dickens connects the rage of nature to the future miseries, not only physical ones but also moral diseases. Dombey has himself lost his only son to a disease and it is his cry to create a consciousness towards such a contemporary matter. The yearning for a brighter landscape is also implied and the contrast is put effectively recalling the memories of Geneva and Lausanne where Dickens experienced the tranquillity and fresh air.
Although, there is not any direct reference to Alps in the novel, it becomes the inspiration on which Dickens gathers his discussion and criticism of human relationship with nature. In the irst chapter of Dombey and Son, proud Mr. Dombey believes; The earth was made for Dombey and Son to trade in, and the sun and moon were made to give them light. Rivers and seas were formed to loat their ships; rainbows gave them promise of fair weather; winds blew for or against their enterprises; stars and planets circled in their orbits, to preserve inviolate a system of which they were the centre.
Dombey sees himself as the mere possessor of nature. His God-like claim upon the earth, sun and the moon transcends the modest relationship between man and nature. Dickens is critical of the general attitude of modern capitalist man which came into being after Industrial Revolution.
This modern aspiration of man leading to the historical fall foreshadows Mr.Carker felt the earth tremble-knew in a moment that the rush was come- uttered a shriek-looked round —saw the red eyes, bleared and dim, in the daylight, close upon him- was beaten down, caught up, and whirled away upon a jagged mill, that spun him round, and struck him limb from limb, and licked his stream of life up with its iery heat, and cast his mutilated fragments in the air.
According to Mr. Dombey already has a six-year-old daughter Florence, but, bitter at her not having been the desired boy, he neglects her continually. Dickens started writing the book in Lausanne , Switzerland, before returning to England, via Paris, to complete it.
The second victim is Mr.
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