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Dotheboys Hall

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Nicholas Nickleby | Charles Dickens Info

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It is a school where there are no holidays, no trips home for the abused and neglected pupils of Mr. Wackford Squeers.
Wackford Squeers, the headmaster at Dotheboys Hall, proved that it takes more than position to be a gentleman.


Nicholas Nickleby | Charles Dickens Info

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It is a school where there are no holidays, no trips home for the abused and neglected pupils of Mr. Wackford Squeers.
Wackford Squeers, the headmaster at Dotheboys Hall, proved that it takes more than position to be a gentleman.


David Perdue's Charles Dickens Page Nicholas Nickleby

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The fictional headmaster of Dotheboys Hall, Wackford Squeers, was based on William Shaw.
Wackford Squeers by Harold Copping Nicholas soon becomes disgusted with Squeer's treatment of his pupils and leaves, giving Squeers a sound thrashing and liberating Smike, whom Squeers has mistreated for years. Wackford Squeers Mrs Squeers Wackford Squeers Jr


Nicholas Nickleby

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.......The operator and headmaster of the school where Nicholas works is a cruel man named Wackford Squeers.
He and his wife teach the students next to nothing, beat them often, and serve them barely enough food to sustain them. Nicholas grits his teeth as he attempts to weather Squeers and earn money to provide income for the family. In retaliation, Ralph and Squeers accused Nicholas of thievery, a charge that Nicholas was cleared of with the help of Newman Noggs, Ralph's honest clerk. In a foul mood, Ralph, with the help of Squeers, retrieves Gride's documents for his own benefit and strikes back at Nicholas by having poor Smike kidnapped for return to Squeers's school and enrolled as a child of a man named Snawley, who had earlier enrolled two stepsons in the school. He arrives at the door in the midst of a rebellion inside by the students after Mrs. Squeers serves them one of the school's typically horrid breakfasts-a treacle mixture. While one detachment [of boys] rushed to the door and locked it, and another mounted on the desks . . . the stoutest (and consequently the newest) boy seized the cane, and confronting Mrs. Squeers with a stern countenance, snatched off her cap and beaver bonnet, put them on his own head, armed himself with the wooden spoon, and bade her, on pain of death, go down upon her knees and take a dose directly. Before that estimable lady could recover herself, or offer the slightest retaliation, she was forced into a kneeling posture by a crowd of shouting tormentors, and compelled to swallow a spoonful of the odious mixture, rendered more than usually savoury by the immersion in the bowl of Master Wackford's head, whose ducking was intrusted to another rebel. The success of this first achievement prompted the malicious crowd, whose faces were clustered together in every variety of lank and half-starved ugliness, to further acts of outrage. They tell Browdie, "Squeers is in prison, and we are going to run away! Wackford Squeers: Cruel headmaster of a boarding school, Dotheboys Hall. Mrs. Squeers: Wife of Wackford Squeers. She is his accomplice in maltreating the children at the school. Wackford Squeers Jr.: Son of Wackford Squeers. His parents spoil him with gifts intended for the other children at the school. The elder Squeers intends to turn the school over him to when he grows up. He dislikes Wackford Squeers and assists Nicholas after the latter beats Squeers and leaves Dotheboys Hall. He dislikes Wackford Squeers and assists Nicholas after the latter beats Squeers and leaves Dotheboys Hall. Mr. Squeers was emptying his great-coat pockets of letters to different boys, and other small documents, which he had brought down in them. In Chapter 4, when Nicholas Nickleby travels to the Newgate section of London to meet his prospective employer, Wackford Squeers, the narrator presents this grim picture of the district:


John Wells's phonetic blog

www.phon.ucl.ac.uk [cached]

This reduction also leads to uncertainty in spelling for the not-too-literate (since e.g. pillow and pillar are now homophones.) A case in point was Dickens's Mr Wackford Squeers, headmaster of Dotheboys Hall in Nicholas Nickleby, who liked to impart the correct spelling of W-I-N-D-E-R [sic] by the practical method of getting the boys to clean them.


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