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The Old Curiosity Shop

Charles Dickens

The Old Curiosity Shop tells the story of Little Nell, a beautiful and virtuous young girl who lives with her grandfather in his shop of curiosities. Her grandfather loves her dearly, and Nell does not complain, but she lives a lonely existence without friends of her own age. Her only friend is Kit, an honest young lad who works at the shop, and whom she is teaching to write. Unbeknownst to Nell, her grandfather is obsessed with their precarious financial position and is attempting to make Nell a good inheritance by winning at cards. He keeps these nocturnal activities a secret, but borrows heavily from the evil Quilp, a dwarf, in order to raise new capital. In the end, he gambles away what little money they own, and Quilp seizes the opportunity to take possession of the shop and make Nell's and her grandfather's lives a misery. Indeed, her grandfather suffers a breakdown, which leaves him bereft of his wits. Courageously, Nell decides to escape Quilp, and she and her grandfather run away to the country to live as beggars, travelling into the Midlands of England. There, then, follow the multifarious adventures of Nell and her grandfather, Quilp and his sly minions and accomplices, who would be Nell's vehement pursuers throughout the entire story, the noble schoolmaster, and many, many other personages as bright and memorable as Dickens' heroes always are. But... let us hear the story itself, shan't we?

The Old Curiosity Shop tells the story of Little Nell, a beautiful and virtuous young girl who lives with her grandfather in his shop of curiosities. Her grandfather loves her dearly, and Nell does not complain, but she lives a lonely existence without friends of her own age. Her only friend is Kit, an honest young lad who works at the shop, and whom she is teaching to write. Unbeknownst to Nell, her grandfather is obsessed with their precarious financial position and is attempting to make Nell a good inheritance by winning at cards. He keeps these nocturnal activities a secret, but borrows heavily from the evil Quilp, a dwarf, in order to raise new capital. In the end, he gambles away what little money they own, and Quilp seizes the opportunity to take possession of the shop and make Nell's and her grandfather's lives a misery. Indeed, her grandfather suffers a breakdown, which leaves him bereft of his wits. Courageously, Nell decides to escape Quilp, and she and her grandfather run away to the country to live as beggars, travelling into the Midlands of England. There, then, follow the multifarious adventures of Nell and her grandfather, Quilp and his sly minions and accomplices, who would be Nell's vehement pursuers throughout the entire story, the noble schoolmaster, and many, many other personages as bright and memorable as Dickens' heroes always are. But... let us hear the story itself, shan't we?
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Genres:

Romance

Description:

The Old Curiosity Shop tells the story of Little Nell, a beautiful and virtuous young girl who lives with her grandfather in his shop of curiosities. Her grandfather loves her dearly, and Nell does not complain, but she lives a lonely existence without friends of her own age. Her only friend is Kit, an honest young lad who works at the shop, and whom she is teaching to write. Unbeknownst to Nell, her grandfather is obsessed with their precarious financial position and is attempting to make Nell a good inheritance by winning at cards. He keeps these nocturnal activities a secret, but borrows heavily from the evil Quilp, a dwarf, in order to raise new capital. In the end, he gambles away what little money they own, and Quilp seizes the opportunity to take possession of the shop and make Nell's and her grandfather's lives a misery. Indeed, her grandfather suffers a breakdown, which leaves him bereft of his wits. Courageously, Nell decides to escape Quilp, and she and her grandfather run away to the country to live as beggars, travelling into the Midlands of England. There, then, follow the multifarious adventures of Nell and her grandfather, Quilp and his sly minions and accomplices, who would be Nell's vehement pursuers throughout the entire story, the noble schoolmaster, and many, many other personages as bright and memorable as Dickens' heroes always are. But... let us hear the story itself, shan't we?

Language:

English

Narrators:

LibriVox Community

Length:

23h 25m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

33:27


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

15:52


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

18:18


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

20:07


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

15:30


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

21:12


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

15:05


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

23:54


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

24:58


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

13:22


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

18:50


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

16:47


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

20:49


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

15:29


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

22:21


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

13:52


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

18:52


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

17:14


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

23:28


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

11:37


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

21:36


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

12:34


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

21:51


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

14:25


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

19:09


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

16:30


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

22:36


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

15:26


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

23:19


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

14:11


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

24:26


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

13:42


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

23:24


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

14:11


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

25:22


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

13:26


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

17:28


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

21:59


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

16:27


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

19:49


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

18:22


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

24:41


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

17:11


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

21:30


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

16:20


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

24:12


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

14:14


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

22:44


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

15:01


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

22:33


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

15:16


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

24:39


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

15:11


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

24:02


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

13:56


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

22:50


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

13:23


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

22:48


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

14:53


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

23:51


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

14:02


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

21:51


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

15:52


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

24:10


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

12:52


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

35:56


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

22:01


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

16:58


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

23:36


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

14:50


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

20:39


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

19:30


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

22:45