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date: 08 December 2021

Dombey and Son, 

Source:
The Oxford Companion to English Literature
Author(s):
Dinah BirchDinah Birch

Dealings with the Firm of A novel by Charles *Dickens, published 1847–8. When the story opens Mr Dombey, the frigid head of the shipping house of Dombey and Son, has just been presented with a son and heir, Paul, and his wife dies. The father's love and ambition are centred in the boy, an odd, delicate, prematurely old child, who is sent to Dr Blimber's school, under whose strenuous discipline he sickens and dies. His death moved the nation nearly as much as the death of Little Nell in ... ...

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