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The old curiosity shop

Dickens, Charles, 1812-18702001
Little Nell is a 14-year-old girl with a heart of gold raised by her kind, secretive grandfather. He runs an antique shop, and borrows significant sums of money from Mr. Quilp, the moneylender. No one knows what the grandfather does with the money, but he is thought to be rich and increasing his assets. Then the secret comes out: the old man is a gambler, he hopes to secure the future of his beloved granddaughter by winning a fortune. That, of course, never happens. The grandfather keeps losing, gambling the money away every night and sinking deeper in debt. When Mr. Quilp finds out where his money is going, he takes the shop from the old man, and Little Nell and her grandfather flee from London. They live as beggars and travel mostly on foot, Little Nell leading the way and taking care of her devastated grandfather who becomes a weak, childlike creature unable to think for himself.
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The old curiosity shop / Charles Dickens ; illustrations by Hablot. K. Browne & George Cattermole ; introduction and notes by Peter Preston.
New edition.
Ware : Wordsworth Editions Limited, 2001.
570 pages ; 20 cm.
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