Dombey and Son (Penguin Classics) by Charles Dickens

By Charles Dickens

To Paul Dombey, company is all and cash can do something. He runs his relatives lifestyles as he runs his enterprise: coldly, calculatingly and commercially. the one individual he cares for is his little son, whereas his motherless daughter Florence craves affection from her unloving father, who sees her merely as a 'base coin that couldn't be invested'. As Dombey's callousness extends to others - from his defiant moment spouse Edith to Florence's admirer Walter homosexual - he sows the seeds of his personal destruction. Can this heartless businessman be redeemed? A compelling depiction of a guy imprisoned by means of his personal satisfaction, Dombey and Son (1848) explores the devastating results of emotional deprivation on a dysfunctional relations and on society as a complete.

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Yes, I think I can go on now. In fact, I feel stronger. Much stronger. Funny where the energy comes from. Now to work, only now it isn’t work any more,” he wrote in Working Days on October 20.

Tom’s final acceptance of the crucified preacher’s gospel of social action occurs just as the deluge is about to begin in Chapter 28: Wherever they’s a fight so hungry people can eat, I’ll be there. Wherever they’s a cop beatin’ up a guy, I’ll be there. If Casy knowed, why, I’ll be in the way guys yell when they’re mad an’—I’ll be in the way kids laugh when they’re hungry an’ they know supper’s ready. An’ when our folks eat the stuff they raise an’ live in the houses they build—why, I’ll be there.

The states and counties will give them nothing because they are outsiders. But the crops of any part of this state could not be harvested without these outsiders. I’m pretty mad about it. ’ So they do nothing,” he again informed Elizabeth Otis on March 7, 1938. A. personnel, Steinbeck worked day and night for nearly two weeks, sometimes dropping in the mud from exhaustion, to help relieve the people’s misery, though of course no aid seemed adequate. Steinbeck was supposed to be doing an article for Life magazine, but what he encountered was so devastating, he told Otis, that he was utterly transfixed by the “staggering” conditions; the “suffering” was so great that objective reporting would only falsify the moment.

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