Charles Dickens Dombey and Son Chapter 6 Part 3 Chapter 7

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Chapter 6 Part 3 Chapter 7 of Charles Dickens Dombey and Son

Paul Dombey is the owner of Dombey and Son, a shipping company. The wealthy business owner dreams of having a son to take over the family business one day. He neglects his first child, a girl,because she is not the boy for whom he had hoped. Dombey’s first wife dies shortly after giving birth to his namesake son. This leaves both his newborn son and his six-year-old daughter, Florence, motherless. Mrs. Richards, whose nickname is Toodle, serves as a wet nurse to Little Dombey.

Little Paul Dombey grows into a frail child who is often sick. He loves his older sister, Florence. For his health, his father sends him to the seaside city of Brighton, which does him good. Little Dombey receives an intense education in Brighton at Dr. and Mrs. Blimber’s school. At school, he becomes friends with his schoolmate Mr. Toots. Alas, Little Dombey’s health gets worse, and he dies at the mere age of six years old.

The death of his son causes Mr. Dombey to distance himself even further from Florence. In addition, Florence’s friend, Walter Gay,is sent to work in Barbados at a counting house of her father’s firm. On Walter’s way to Barbados, his ship is reported lost at sea. With one of her few friends presumed drowned, poor Florence is even lonelier than before.

The wealthy widower Mr. Dombey is now an attractive potential husband. He is introduced to several potential brides and marries Mrs. Edith Granger. Edith is the widowed daughter of Mrs. Skewton. Mr. Dombey marries Edith because she has the correct family connections and accomplishments. Mr. Dombey does not love Edith. The proud Edith married because her family is facing financial difficulties. The marriage is not a happy one. The only reason Edith stays is because she has become fond of Florence. After an argument, Edith leaves the marriage by running away to Dijon with Mr. Carker. She hopes to ruin her husband’s reputation.

The furious Mr. Dombey takes out his anger on Florence. He hits Florence, who then runs away from home. She goes to stay with a friend of Walter Gay, the retired Captain Edward Cuttle at the Wooden Midshipman. While the hook-handed man nurses Florence back to health, Mr. Toots is a regular visitor. Mr. Toots has loved Florence since they spent time together in Brighton.

Meanwhile, Mr. Dombey goes in search of his wife, Edith, aided by Alice Brown, a vengeful former lover of Mr. Carker. In Dijon, Mrs. Dombey flees Mr. Carker, who was solely her means of escape. Mr. Carker has now lost love and employment. As Mr. Carker returns to England from Dijon, he dies after accidentally falling under a train.

Florence is delighted when her friend Walter Gay turns up alive at the Midshipman. He survived the shipwreck and w ...

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