Dombey and Son

Two unbroken rows of glistening teeth, whose regularity and whiteness were quite distressing.

Background. "Two unbroken rows of glistening teeth, whose regularity and whiteness were quite distressing." is a quotation from Dombey and Son (Chapter 13). Dombey and Son was Charles Dickens's seventh novel, published between 1846 and 1848.   Context. Description of John Carker, the ever-smiling but villanous manager of the firm Dombey and Son. Taken from the following passage in Chapter 13 of Dombey and Son. Mr Carker was a gentleman thirty-eight or forty years old, of a florid complexion, and with two [...]

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The occasional appearance of the river in the drawing-room, and the contemporaneous disappearance of the lawn and shrubbery.

Background. "The occasional appearance of the river in the drawing-room, and the contemporaneous disappearance of the lawn and shrubbery." is a quotation from Dombey and Son (Chapter 24). Dombey and Son was Charles Dickens's seventh novel, published between 1846 and 1848.     Context. This quotation describes flooding of the Skettles' villa at Fulham. Taken from the following opening passage of Chapter 24 of Dombey and Son: Sir Barnet and Lady Skettles, very good people, resided in a pretty villa at Fulham, [...]

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Swallowed up in one phase or other of its immensity, towards which they seemed impelled by a desperate fascination, they never returned.

Background. "Swallowed up in one phase or other of its immensity, towards which they seemed impelled by a desperate fascination, they never returned." is  a quotation from Dombey and Son (Chapter 33). Dombey and Son was Charles Dickens's seventh novel, published between 1846 and 1848.   Context. Quotation taken from the passage in Chapter 33 of Dombey and Son: She often looked with compassion, at such a time, upon the stragglers who came wandering into London, by the great highway [...]

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All the housemaid hopes is, happiness for ’em – but marriage is a lottery, and the more she thinks about it, the more she feels the independence and the safety of a single life.

Background. "All the housemaid hopes is, happiness for 'em - but marriage is a lottery, and the more she thinks about it, the more she feels the independence and the safety of a single life" is a quotation from Dombey and Son (Chapter 35). Dombey and Son was Charles Dickens's seventh novel, published between 1846 and 1848.     Have Your Say. Give your view on "All the housemaid hopes is, happiness for 'em - but marriage is a lottery, [...]

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In particular, there was a butler in a blue coat and bright buttons, who gave quite a winey flavour to the table beer; he poured it out so superbly.

Background. "In particular, there was a butler in a blue coat and bright buttons, who gave quite a winey flavour to the table beer; he poured it out so superbly" is a quotation from Dombey and Son (Chapter 12). Dombey and Son was Charles Dickens's seventh novel, published between 1846 and 1848.     Have Your Say. Give your view on "In particular, there was a butler in a blue coat and bright buttons, who gave quite a winey flavour [...]

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Dombey sat in the corner of the darkened room in the great arm-chair by the bedside, and Son lay tucked up warm in a little basket bedstead, carefully disposed on a low settee immediately in front of the fire and close to it, as if his constitution were analogous to that of a muffin, and it was essential to toast him brown while he was very new.

Background. "Dombey sat in the corner of the darkened room in the great arm-chair by the bedside, and Son lay tucked up warm in a little basket bedstead, carefully disposed on a low settee immediately in front of the fire and close to it, as if his constitution were analogous to that of a muffin, and it was essential to toast him brown while he was very new." is a quotation from Dombey and Son (Chapter 1). Dombey and Son [...]

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Time, consoler of affliction and softener of anger.

Background. "Time, consoler of affliction and softener of anger." is a quotation from Dombey and Son (Chapter 47). Dombey and Son was Charles Dickens's seventh novel, published between 1846 and 1848.   Context. Taken from the following opening passage in Chapter 47 of Dombey and Son: The barrier between Mr Dombey and his wife was not weakened by time. Ill-assorted couple, unhappy in themselves and in each other, bound together by no tie but the manacle that joined their fettered [...]

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Couldn’t something temporary be done with a teapot?

Background. "Couldn't something temporary be done with a teapot?" is a quotation from Dombey and Son (Chapter 2). Dombey and Son was Charles Dickens's seventh novel, published between 1846 and 1848.   Context. Quote said by John Chick. Taken from the following passage in Chapter 2 of Dombey and Son: Mr Chick invaded the grave silence which ensued on this remark with the singularly inappropriate air of 'A cobbler there was;' and checking himself, in some confusion, observed, that it was [...]

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It being a part of Mrs Pipchin’s system not to encourage a child’s mind to develop and expand itself like a young flower, but to open it by force like an oyster.

Background. "It being a part of Mrs Pipchin's system not to encourage a child's mind to develop and expand itself like a young flower, but to open it by force like an oyster." is a quotation from Dombey and Son (Chapter 8). Dombey and Son was Charles Dickens's seventh novel, published between 1846 and 1848.   Context. In the story Dombey and Son, the sickly younger Paul Dombey is sent to the seaside at Brighton for his health, where he [...]

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But what was a girl to Dombey and Son! In the capital of the House’s name and dignity, such a child was merely a piece of base coin that couldn’t be invested – a bad Boy – nothing more.

Background. "But what was a girl to Dombey and Son! In the capital of the House's name and dignity, such a child was merely a piece of base coin that couldn't be invested - a bad Boy - nothing more." is a quotation from the novel Dombey and Son (Chapter 1). Dombey and Son was Charles Dickens's seventh novel, published between 1846 and 1848.   Context. In the novel Dombey and Son, the main character Paul Dombey is a widower with [...]

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Not an orphan in the wide world can be so deserted as the child who is an outcast from a living parent’s love.

Background. "Not an orphan in the wide world can be so deserted as the child who is an outcast from a living parent's love." is a quotation from Dombey and Son (Chapter 24). Dombey and Son was Charles Dickens's seventh novel, published between 1846 and 1848.   Context. Taken from the following passage in Chapter 24 (The Study of a Loving Heart) of Dombey and Son: There came among the other visitors, soon after Florence, one beautiful girl, three or four [...]

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It is when our budding hopes are nipped beyond recovery by some rough wind, that we are the most disposed to picture to ourselves what flowers they might have borne, if they had flourished.

Background. "it is when our budding hopes are nipped beyond recovery by some rough wind, that we are the most disposed to picture to ourselves what flowers they might have borne, if they had flourished" is a quotation from Dombey and Son (Chapter 10). Dombey and Son was Charles Dickens's seventh novel, published between 1846 and 1848.     Have Your Say. Give your view on "it is when our budding hopes are nipped beyond recovery by some rough wind, [...]

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