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Mr. Wackford Squeers Jr.

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Nicholas Nickleby - Charles Dickens Gad's Hill Place
www.perryweb.com, 4 Nov 2012 [cached]
It is a school where there are no holidays, no trips home for the abused and neglected pupils of Mr. Wackford Squeers.
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Wackford Squeers, the headmaster at Dotheboys Hall, proved that it takes more than position to be a gentleman.
StarExponent.com - The Culpeper Star Exponent | St. Lukes to get dramatic
www.starexponent.com, 10 Mar 2006 [cached]
12-year-old Conner Doggett, who plays Wackford Squeers, the evil owner of the Dotheboys Hall.
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"I love the scene that I am funny in with Ralph Nickleby," said 15-year-old Alexa Franco who plays Mrs. Squeers.
Nicholas Nickleby
www.cummingsstudyguides.net [cached]
.......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.
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In retaliation, Ralph and Squeers accused Nicholas of thievery, a charge that Nicholas was cleared of with the help of Newman Noggs, Ralphs honest clerk.
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In a foul mood, Ralph, with the help of Squeers, retrieves Grides documents for his own benefit and strikes back at Nicholas by having poor Smike kidnapped for return to Squeerss school and enrolled as a child of a man named Snawley, who had earlier enrolled two stepsons in the school.
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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!
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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.
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He dislikes Wackford Squeers and assists Nicholas after the latter beats Squeers and leaves Dotheboys Hall.
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He dislikes Wackford Squeers and assists Nicholas after the latter beats Squeers and leaves Dotheboys Hall.
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Here is an example of this narrative approach, also from Chapter 7: Mr. Squeers was emptying his great-coat pockets of letters to different boys, and other small documents, which he had brought down in them.
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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: There, at the very core of London, in the heart of its business and animation, in the midst of a whirl of noise and motion: stemming as it were the giant currents of life that flow ceaselessly on from different quarters, and meet beneath its walls: stands Newgate; and in that crowded street on which it frowns so darkly--within a few feet of the squalid tottering houses--upon the very spot on which the vendors of soup and fish and damaged fruit are now plying their tradesscores of human beings, amidst a roar of sounds to which even the tumult of a great city is as nothing, four, six, or eight strong men at a time, have been hurried violently and swiftly from the world, when the scene has been rendered frightful with excess of human life; when curious eyes have glared from casement and house-top, and wall and pillar; and when, in the mass of white and upturned faces, the dying wretch, in his all-comprehensive look of agony, has met not onenot onethat bore the impress of pity or compassion. .......Dickens's Chapter 8 description of abused children at Dotheboys Hall skillfully uses such figures of speech as metaphor ( deformities with irons upon their limbs), alliteration (scowl of sullen, dogged suffering), personification (childhood with the light of its eye quenched), and hyperbole (lonesome even in their loneliness):Pale and haggard faces, lank and bony figures, children with the countenances of old men, deformities with irons upon their limbs, boys of stunted growth, and others whose long meagre legs would hardly bear their stooping bodies, all crowded on the view together; there were the bleared eye, the hare-lip, the crooked foot, and every ugliness or distortion that told of unnatural aversion conceived by parents for their offspring, or of young lives which, from the earliest dawn of infancy, had been one horrible endurance of cruelty and neglect.
The headmaster, Wackford ...
www.schwartzreport.net, 22 Dec 2013 [cached]
The headmaster, Wackford Squeers, the 19th century version of our corporate masters, feasts while the boys in his charge are made to go hungry.
'This is twopenn'orth of milk, is it waiter? said Mr. Squeers.
'That's twopenn'orth, sir," replied the waiter.
'What a rare article milk is, to be sure, in London! said Mr. Squeers, with a sigh. 'Just fill that mug up with lukewarm water, William, will you?"
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'You needn't hurry yourself," said Squeers, 'there's plenty of time.
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Nicholas did not see that anybody was breakfasting, except Mr. Squeers; but he bowed with all becoming reverence, and looked as cheerful as he could.
'Oh, that's the milk and water, is it, William? said Mr. Squeers.
'Very good; don't forget the bread and butter presently."
At this fresh mention of the bread and butter, the five little boys looked very eager, and followed the waiter out, with their eyes; meanwhile Mr. Squeers tasted the milk and water.
John Wells's phonetic blog
www.phon.ucl.ac.uk, 1 Jan 2009 [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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