Florence and Walter reconnect and after some confusion, discover that they both love each other. There is a real sense of predestination and tragedy throughout. He is the owner of a shop named The Wooden Midshipman. Hopefully the innocence of Mrs. His novels and short stories enjoy lasting popularity. Sister of James and John.
As is typical of Dickens, there were plenty of well drawn minor characters. I was in good company. Make friends with your new mistress. MacStinger, that fearsome harridan of a landlady, who terrifies the life out of Bunsby. We also have a gustatory image: son as a muffin that has to become brown, meaning that he has to be toasted but also a kinaesthetic imagery: son lay tucked. This is a wonderfully dense book about families and gender roles and the different forms of love. Good Heaven, gentlemen, what is to be done! Meanwhile, Florence receives wonderful news: Walter is not in fact.
Eventually Dombey remarries, after literally acquiring his new wife from her father in a commercial transaction. I found all of the characters interesting and compelling. He is the uncle of Walter Gay, for whom he cares and whom he loves like a son. It is clear that from the moment his son was born, Dombey had his life planned out for him. When he tired of her, he abandoned her, forcing her into prostitution and theft. Dombey was rather bald, rather red, and though a handsome well-made man, too stern and pompous in appearance, to be prepossessing. Seven-eighths of my stock is old-fashioned.
They were succeeded by a gentle tap at the door. Pipchin and the Blimbers come close. She marries Walter after he returns from being lost at sea, and at the end of the novel, she is the mother to two children, a boy and a girl. Incredibly unpleasant and bizarre, she is one of the few actual caricatures in the book. This is my sixth by him. As it turned out, he had been worrying quite needlessly.
While trying to flee to a hiding place in England, he is confronted by Dombey at a railway station, and in a panic, he falls onto the tracks, is hit by a train, and dies. There are some brilliant characterizations, though exasperatingly enough, not all the main ones. He values his infant son because of the potential for continuing a family legacy, and is not only disinterested in, but also actively jealous of Florence. Dombey announces his wife of the importance of the event but also of the hegel fact that now his firm is in fact real, by having a son, and the comparation of the name of the firm with his son being the lord of the house explains his importance for the House. Many critics have commented that Dombey and Sons is an ambitious but flawed novel; it is certainly not one of his most popular or well known.
One day, after one of his employees in the West Indies dies, Dombey decides to send Walter in his place. There are a few interesting and charming characters here, notably Captain Cuttle and Toots. The backgrounds were less interesting and less finely drawn than in most Dickens novels. We don't hurt the other person when we secretly hate and despise them, we only hurt ourselves. He loves Paul almost obsessively, but is disinterested in, and even cruel towards, Florence. Almost as many pages of this novel are devoted to female characters as to male characters, including the title character, Dombey himself. Anything could be overcome by more effort.
Nothing which happens there affects the main character very much. Toots, the intrepid Susan Nipper, the good-natured Miss Tox, or the witchlike Mrs. GradeSaver, 16 July 2016 Web. I plumped for David Timson's reading which has some of the best expressive reading of the plain text I've heard, without being at all over the top about it. Dombey does not feel love or real happiness.
Dramatic co-incidences abound and are essential to the plot. Take my word, it's nothing whatever. Pilkins here, who from his position of medical adviser in this family--no one better qualified to fill that position, I am sure. So he deliberately went out of his way to excise the fun, and accentuate the grim. This is my third Dickens as an adult not counting the Christmas stories and it is my least favorite of the 3 but it's still well worth the time to read it. I do have to say about Dombey and Son, this book stood out to me in more ways than any other book that he had written. But I found the plot mostly uninteresting and even more dependent than is usual for Dickens on unlikely events and coincidences, and much of the writing turgid and uninspired.