The Old Curiosity Shop

In this tale, first published serially in 1841 and 1842, Dickens follows Nell Trent, an angelic and unfailingly virtuous girl of “nearly fourteen” and her grandfather as they navigate a world populated by villains, criminals and ne’er-do-wells. The public response at the time equalled modern reactions to the Harry Potter books, the audience rapt to learn of Nell’s fate. Does she live a life of comfort, of which her grandfather dreams? Or does fate have something less noble in store for poor Nell?

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