Complete Works of Charles Dickens

Complete Works of Charles Dickens

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Complete Works of Charles Dickens (Volume 7): Dombey and Son

By Charles Dickens

Excerpt from Chapter I

I MARK so bold as to believe that the faculty (or the habit) of correctly observing the characters of men, is a rare one. I have not even found, within my experience, that the faculty (or the habit) of correctly observing so much as the

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Complete Works of Charles Dickens (Volume 7): Dombey and Son

By Charles Dickens

Excerpt from Chapter I

I MARK so bold as to believe that the faculty (or the habit) of correctly observing the characters of men, is a rare one. I have not even found, within my experience, that the faculty (or the habit) of correctly observing so much as the faces of men, is a general one by any means. The two commonest mistakes in judgment that I suppose to arise from the former default, are, the confounding of shyness with arrogance-a very common mistake indeed-and the not understanding that an obstinate nature exists in a perpetual struggle with itself.

Mr. Dombey undergoes no violent change, either in this book, or in real life. A sense of his injustice is within him, all along. The more he represses it, the more unjust he necessarily is. Internal shame and external circumstances may bring the contest to a close in a week, or a day; but, it has been a contest for years, and is only fought out after a long balance of victory.

I began this book by the Lake of Geneva, and went on with it for some months in France, before pursuing it in England. The association between the writing and the place of writing is so curiously strong in my mind, that at this day, although I know, in my fancy, every stair in the little midshipman's house, and could swear to every pew in the church in which Florence was married, or to every young gentleman's bedstead in Doctor Blimber's establishment, I yet confusedly imagine Captain Cuttle as secluding himself from Mrs. MacStinger among the mountains of Switzerland. Similarly, when I am reminded by any chance of what it was that the waves were always saying, my remembrance wanders for a whole winter night about the streets of Paris-as I restlessly did with a heavy heart, on the night when I had written the chapter in which my little friend and I parted company.

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ISBN-13:
9781628450088
Publisher:
Windham Press
Publication date:
05/29/2013
Pages:
716
Product dimensions:
6.69(w) x 9.61(h) x 1.43(d)

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Complete Works of Charles Dickens 2.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 108 reviews.
prosperoRH More than 1 year ago
This so-called collection of the "complete works" of Dickens is just fine, so long as you believe that he only wrote "A Christmas Carol". because that's all you're going to get here. No "Oliver Twist", no "Tale of Two Cities", no "Great Expectations". Hey, Barnes & Noble! Any chance of refunds for the customers who fell for this?
doug hinson More than 1 year ago
did not contain anything other than christmas carol
Dean Gianoukos More than 1 year ago
dont buy only one of the books is there a complete ripoff
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Do not buy this! It only contains the first chapter of one book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This includes ONLY A Christmas Carol. VERY misleading title. What a waste of money!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
All the works are there-- it' s just getting to them that's a little tricky. There is a table of contents, but it isn't labeled which book you're opening, only a listing of chapter 1-55, then chapter 1-78, etc. If you open the first chapter of a book, then back up a page, then there's the title. I just put in notes on the first chapter pages and bookmarks for myself, and then I'm fine. Or you can type in "david copperfield" in the search option of your menu panel, and it will bring up the book for you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a terrible rip off. It only downloads the first 215 pages, not even one complete novel. I ended up deleting it from my library after I bought it. Go with the $2.99 version.
santisojoe More than 1 year ago
This ebook doesn't have any of the books. It only has the first chapel of A Christmas Carol. I called BN customer service and talked with a gentleman who said they would contact the publisher, but the publisher didn't fix the problem. Steer clear!
SiobhanSC More than 1 year ago
BEWARE!!! This ebook does not even have A Christmas Carol complete.
Peter Richardson More than 1 year ago
All you get is the Christmas Carol.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After reading some other reviews I was worried about getting this collection, but with 14,000 pages and easy access using the nook contents button I'm happy I spent the three bucks. The text appears to be very clean and readable. The contents are divided by chapter on the novels which is nice,but makes for a very long list. I'm using the nook tablet so I don't know how it looks on other devices. On this tablet it is very good buy.
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choirboyGR More than 1 year ago
No need to review the writing. The navigation works well but could be improved since it has such vast content. I was disappointed that the book I was interested was not included even though it was listed in the description (The Life of Our Lord). Nonetheless, it is very nearly complete. Not a scanned and converted text whicch often contain errors. It is a clean version free of errors.
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I noticed that Barnaby Rudge, Martin Chuzzlewit, Dombey and Son were not included in this collection. Finding all of the books was a challenge. The "Table of Contents" is close to worthless. If you take the time you can find all of the works, but it's not easy. This is what I ended up doing to find all the books: I started with "A Christmas Carol" and then jumped ahead about 200 pages to find the next book (A Tale of Two Cities)
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