Dombey and Son is a novel written by Charles Dickens and published in monthly installments between 1846 and 1848.
The book tells the story of Paul Dombey, a wealthy owner of a London shipping company who thinks the world was created to revolve around him and whose greatest dream is to have a son who inherits his company.
His dream is achieved and his son is born, but with the misfortune that his mother and wife of Dombey dies shortly after. In addition, the child is quite weak, sickly and with poor social skills.
It is a novel that gives way to the most creative part of Charles Dickens and where future stories and characters that would make it a classic of literature can already be glimpsed.
The book deals with issues of a social nature and finances. In addition, it reflects the cruelty of the time with children and the consequences that betrayal and deception bring. It also deals in less depth with the destruction and degradation of people and places caused by industrialization.
29 hours 57 minutes (359409 words)
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In this round world of many circles within circles, do we make a weary journey from the high grade to the low, to find at last that they lie close together, that the two extremes touch, and that our journey's end is but our starting-place?
If you find yourselves in cuttings or in tunnels, don't you play no secret games, Keep your whistles going, and let's know where you are.
And the voices in the waves are always whispering to Florence, in their ceaseless murmuring, of love - of love, eternal and illimitable, not bounded by the confines of this world, or by the end of time, but ranging still, beyond the sea, beyond the sky, to the invisible country far away!
It would seem as if there never was a book written, or a story told, expressly with the object of keeping boys on shore, which did not lure and charm them to the ocean, as a matter of course.
All the housemaid hopes is, happiness for 'em - but marriage is a lottery, and the more she thinks about it, the more she feels the independence and the safety of a single life.