The Old Curiosity Shop is a novel written by Charles Dickens. It was published in installments between 1840 and 1841.
The book tells the story of Nell Trent, a young woman who lives in London with her maternal grandfather in The Old Curiosity Shop. Nell is an orphan and has barely turned fourteen. Although she is very well cared for by her grandfather, and he loves her very much, Nell leads a lonely life with hardly any friends. The only friend of his age is the store clerk named Kit, a young and honest boy.
Nell's grandfather is very concerned about giving Nell a good life and inheritance, so he tries to get rich by gambling. He goes to play for the cards in secret but all he gets is to go bankrupt and lose all his money. In order to continue playing, he asks for a loan from a very interested lender who, when Grandpa loses the loan money, takes over The Old Curiosity Shop and throws Nell and her grandfather out of it.
Grandpa suffers a nervous breakdown and is left totally without judgment, incapacitated. Nell runs away with him and they go to the English Midlands, where they go begging...
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Have I yet to learn that the hardest and best-borne trials are those which are never chronicled in any earthly record, and are suffered every day!
In the Destroyer’s steps there spring up bright creations that defy his power, and his dark path becomes a way of light to Heaven.
The ties that bind the wealthy and the proud to home may be forged on earth, but those which link the poor man to his humble hearth are of truer metal and bear the stamp of Heaven.
It is a pleasant world we live in, sir, a very pleasant world. There are bad people in it, Mr. Richard, but if there were no bad people, there would be no good lawyers.