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Dombey and Son by Charles Dickens

"Dombey and Son" tells the story Paul Dombey, the wealthy owner of the shipping company, whose dream is to have a son to continue his business. The story ...

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"Dombey and Son" tells the story Paul Dombey, the wealthy owner of the shipping company, whose dream is to have a son to continue his business. The story begins when his son is born, and Dombey's wife dies shortly after giving birth. The child, also named Paul, is weak and often ill, and does not socialize normally with others. He is intensely fond of his elder sister, Florence, whom Mr. Dombey neglects as irrelevant and a distraction. The child is sent away first for his health, and then to a school near the sea, but he dies, still only six years old. Dombey pushes his daughter away from him after the death of his son, while she futilely tries to earn his love. She also develops a close friendship with Walter Gay, who once rescued her when she had got lost and been kidnapped as a child. Walter works for Dombey and Son, but through the manipulations of the firm's manager, Mr Carker, he is sent off to work in Barbados. His boat is reported lost and he is presumed drowned. Walter's uncle, the navigation instrument maker Solomon Gills, leaves to go in search of Walter. Florence is left alone with few friends most of the time. Dombey goes to Leamington with Major Bagstock, where he meets Mrs. Skewton and her daughter, Edith Granger. After they return to London, Dombey remarries; effectively he buys Edith in marriage. The marriage is a loveless one; his wife despises him as greedy and herself as shallow and worthless. Her love for Florence initially prevents her from leaving, but finally she conspires with Mr Carker that they shall ruin Dombey's public image by running away together. They do so after she fights with Dombey; when he discovers that she has left, he blames Florence, hits her in his anger, and makes her run away in fright. After Carker's disappearance, it is discovered that he had been running the firm far beyond its means; within a year it collapses and is sold off and Dombey is left a shambles; nearly mad living alone in his decaying house. Meantime Florence has found refuge with Captain Cuttle, who has been running Gills' store in his absence. Walter Gay returns home after being fortuitously saved from his shipwreck. He and Florence marry, and she reconciles with her father. Dombey finds happiness in the marriage of his daughter, and all ends well. For many, Dombey and Son is required reading for various courses and curriculums. And for others who simply enjoy reading timeless pieces of classic literature, this gem by Charles Dickens is highly recommended. This audio book application contains audio files for all chapters in one download, so you can listen to the book on the go without the need for an internet connection. Hence the application size is a little big, and you may need to download it over WiFi connection or through iTunes on your PC or Mac. Audio Book Features ==> - Pause/resume function - Track progress slider - Volume slider - Easy navigation - Audio continues to play when your device is locked. - Offline viewing and listening without internet connection If you like this audio book, please check out other great audio books at www.awaudiobooks.com! *** On Sale Now! (Normal price $2.99) ***


Technical specifications

Version: 1.0

Size: 293.34 MB


Price: 0,88 €

Developed by AppWarrior

Day of release: 2010-06-8

Recommended age: 4+

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