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English Book Club - Nicholas Nickleby

TeachTeach Your TeacherHomePosts: 10,057 mod
edited March 4 in Books and Poetry
The book we are reading together at the moment is Nicholas Nickleby, by Charles Dickens.

You can download the copy we are reading from here: http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/967

You can listen to the book for fun, or in preparation for the session here: https://librivox.org/nicholas-nickleby-by-charles-dickens/

(The English Book Club meets every Monday on our Discord Server. You are welcome to come and read, or listen, but be warned, we read the whole book.)
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  • TeachTeach Your Teacher HomePosts: 10,057 mod
    edited March 4
    April - Elinor - Hermine - Reem - Shiny - Nadia

    April - preparation - butcher - lowest - avarice - considerate - incapable - sundry

    Elinor - thawing

    "big ‘un.”

    Hermine - ludicrous - provincial - learned in the law - meditated - whoever (not however) - ignorance (to ignore) - purposely - credulous ˈkrɛdjʊləs incredulous - allow - virtues - fictitious - oftenest - munificent

    :smile: comprises - remarkable - live (they live - the broadcast is live)

    ignore - ɪɡˈnɔː
    ignorance: ˈɪɡn(ə)r(ə)ns

    Reem - latitudes - climates - upon - arithmetical - easily - extricate ˈɛkstrɪkeɪt - requested - forward - communication - patronage - accession - desire - offer - blameless - agreeable - impetuous - temper - lifted - nature - Devonshire - Nickleby - worthy - being - aspire - fortune - wedded - old flame - play

    "There once lived, in a sequestered part of the county of Devonshire..."

    :smile: difficulty - interchanged

    Shiny - likened - fluctuated (stress) - vision - wore - Mrs. (not Miss) - executed

    :smile: chivalrously -indignation

    Nadia - purchased - produce (not to produce) - affluence (stress) - recitals - felony (stress) - envied (from envy) - soliloquies - usurer - arithmetic əˈrɪθmətɪk

    ‘two-pence ˈtʌp(ə)ns for every half-penny ˈheɪpni/’

    ready-reckoners

    Chapter 1 - Page 19
    In like manner, did young Ralph Nickleby avoid all those minute and intricate
    calculations of odd days, which nobody who has worked sums in simple-interest
    can fail to have found most embarrassing,
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  • Just-LearnJust-Learn Posts: 493 ✭✭✭✭
    I'll try to prepare next times; hopefully I can be a regular participant; to understand the meaning of some context also to look up the new words, it's hard for me to focus on all of these at the session time.
  • XanthippeXanthippe Posts: 2,004 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Updates available as usual. :)
  • TeachTeach Your Teacher HomePosts: 10,057 mod
    edited March 11
    Elinor - Hermine - Nadia - Aza - Shiny

    Elinor - strive - living (not leaving) -

    Well done - minute

    -------------------------

    Nadia - merchant (hard ch) - spacious - passage - pen - bushy - precincts - pipes

    :smile: wind

    "They were concerned to find that his reason went astray after this"

    ---------------------

    Hermine - nobody (no) - opined (not pinned) - mixture - patent (not patient) - benevolent - countenance - particularly pəˈtɪkjʊləli genial - dozen (not doze)

    :smile: "lingers on"

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    Aza - Nickleby - fir tree - chancing(not changing) - presented (to present not a present) - cadaverous - suit of clothes - contrived - peculiar - triumphed - determine (not mine) - numerous - peculiarities

    :smile: contemplating - squeezing


    ‘perhaps it is.’
    -----------------------------------------

    Shiny - respecting - stationary - familiarly - hounds - borrowed - paralysis

    :smile: Parliament - vivacity - premium


    "bring them with you." (no stress on them)

    Chapter 2 -
    The kind-hearted gentleman omitted to add that Newman Noggs, being utterly
    destitute, served him for rather less than the usual wages of a boy of thirteen; and
    likewise failed to mention in his hasty chronicle,
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  • XanthippeXanthippe Posts: 2,004 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Updates available. A very nice family conversation :) -

    ‘Mine was no common loss!’ said Mrs. Nickleby, applying her handkerchief to her eyes.

    ‘It was no uncommon loss, ma’am,’ returned Ralph, as he coolly unbuttoned his spencer. ‘Husbands die every day, ma’am, and wives too.’

    ‘And brothers also, sir,’ said Nicholas, with a glance of indignation.

    ‘Yes, sir, and puppies, and pug-dogs likewise,’ replied his uncle, taking a chair.
  • TeachTeach Your Teacher HomePosts: 10,057 mod
    edited March 18
    Shiny - Reem - Elinor - Hermine - Nadia

    Reem - omitted - destitute - served - wages - mention - hasty (from haste) - chronicle (hard c) - eccentric - taciturnity - desirable - out of doors - cabriolet - forgot (past of forget) - Bishopsgate - being (not began) - tacking (not taking) - gigantic - announcements - public meeting - precisely - petitioning Parliament- sums - duly - considerable - briskly - progress (not process) - dived into a suite of apartments (not suit)

    United Metropolitan Improved Hot Muffin and Crumpet Baking and Punctual Delivery Company

    ---------------------------------

    Shiny - hackney - feverish - bows (they were bowing to each other) - desperate - separate (adj not to separate) -
    observed - diversions - various - emanating - quiet - tingling - ingenious

    --------------------------------

    Elinor - liquors ˈlɪkəz - of every description (not in)

    ---------------------------------

    Hermine - seconded the resolution (to second ˈsɛk(ə)nd/ something) expediency - inestimable - periods - warmth - wholly - honourable (silent h) - appalling - all classes - patent boots - grievous

    :smile: beneath - determination

    ---------------------------------

    Nadia - poured - various - petition - guineas - zealous - possess - pursued - pausing (not posing)

    He is dead.

    " a cordial farewell"

    (Nowadays do not say "Scotch".)


    --------------------------------

    Chapter 3 - Page 34

    Children alive?’ inquired Noggs, stepping up to him.‘Why, that’s the very thing,’ replied Mr. Nickleby, as though his thoughts were about them at that moment. ‘They are both alive.’‘Both!’ repeated Newman Noggs, in a low voice.‘And the widow, too,’ added Mr. Nickleby, ‘and all three in London, confound them; all three here, Newman.
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  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 39,146 ✭✭✭✭
    @ThomasJude are you aware of this topic?
  • XanthippeXanthippe Posts: 2,004 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Updates available. :)
  • TeachTeach Your Teacher HomePosts: 10,057 mod
    edited April 8
    Reem - April - Elinor - Hermine - Shiny - Nadia

    Reem - Noggs - face (not voice) - twisted (t) - paralysis - grief - walked (silent e) - ingenuity - uttered - darted - slunk - the Strand - letter (not litter) - ascertain - private - thoroughfare - gilt - screwed (silent e) - portraits - naval - attached - flourishing - sabre - fore-shortened - elegantly - border

    as though his thoughts :smile:

    Apil allow - recommend - extravagances -

    ‘I happen to know that she is, ma’am' (that not what)

    Elinor - little - ingenuous (ingenious)

    Hermine - mutual (not moo) - unceremoniously - delicately - prudence - dismal - recollections -veracious

    :smiley: keenness

    Have you ever done anything, sir?

    Shiny - quietly - haughtily - newspaper (stress) - Academy (not like academic) - languages - geometry - arithmetic - trigonometry - daily

    :smiley: - separated - imperfectly

    Nadia - overpowered - dilate - buoyancy - deprive

    :smiley: interpreted

    Eh! uncle?’

    Next session - Chapter 4
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  • XanthippeXanthippe Posts: 2,004 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Next week I will be en route to Bucharest but I will prepare vocabulary anyway.
  • TeachTeach Your Teacher HomePosts: 10,057 mod
    Thanks. We will miss you in the session.
  • TeachTeach Your Teacher HomePosts: 10,057 mod
    edited April 15
    April - Shiny - Xirana - Hermine

    April - emblazoned - scarcely - apparition /apəˈrɪʃ(ə)n/ - upturned (not churned) - particular (/pəˈtɪkjʊlə/ not like part) - St James - convenient toothpicks - boot -glares

    :smiley: - perpetually - heart - tranquillity

    ---------

    Shiny - Sepulchre ˈsɛp(ə)lkə - legibly - prejudice (not justice) - villainous - scholastic - fitted (-tt-) - dread - sneeze - exclaimed

    "puckered up"

    How old is two or three and fifty?

    "boxed his ears"

    ---------

    Xirana - screwed (not skewered) - Yorkshire - sobbed (silent e) - gesture - rubbed (silent e) - alternately - at this juncture - scoundrel - schoolmaster (hard ch) - youthful -heart - leaving - rehearsal of his advertisement - advertised - small-boned - inclined - Guineas - rejoined - persuasive


    boarded, clothed, booked, washed, furnished

    ---------

    Hermine - proposition - Taunton - exchanged - sombre - countenance

    :smiley: establishment - particularly


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    ‘Oh! Is that it?’ said the schoolmaster. ‘That explains it at once. I was
    wondering what the devil you were going to send them to Yorkshire for. Ha! ha!
    Oh, I understand now.’
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  • HermineHermine Moderator Posts: 7,957 mod
    Once we'll have finished our current reading book we could read ' Notre-Dame de Paris ' by Victor Hugo? I wonder what is it called in English, we in Austria know it under ' Der Glöckner von Notre Dameˋ. As a child he feared me becaue of his appearance, seemingly he was a nice lad.
  • XanthippeXanthippe Posts: 2,004 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited April 19
    @Hermine. The Hunchback of Notre-Dame. :)
  • XanthippeXanthippe Posts: 2,004 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Updates available, by the way. I see there is no Easter break. :)
  • TeachTeach Your Teacher HomePosts: 10,057 mod
    Yes. We didn't go away this Easter. :smile:
  • TeachTeach Your Teacher HomePosts: 10,057 mod
    I think the Hunchback of Notre Dam is a great suggestion.
  • TeachTeach Your Teacher HomePosts: 10,057 mod
    edited April 22
    April - Nadia - Elinor - Hermine - Shiny

    April - pursued - comprehend (h) - advertisement - nephew - bowed - proprietor

    :smiley: reference - receipt
    ---------------------

    Nadia - said - contortions - Dotheboys - incomprehensible

    --------------
    eagerly - half-a-dozen (not doze) - growled

    :smiley: skulking -

    clerk klɑː(r)k / klɝːk

    ---------------------

    Elinor pupils ˈpjuːp(ə)lz - won’t

    If you please,’ said Squeers.

    --------------------------

    Hermine - scrutiny - peculiar - upon which (not with) - on the contrary (not Mary Mary quite contrary) - sanguine ˈsaŋɡwɪn - uncouth - prudent - extraordinary - auspices - mournfully

    :smiley: - sufficiently

    --------------------------

    Shiny - feigned - lad (not lady) - papers - miniature - expected - living - measure - endeavour

    :smiley: matter - Miss La Creevy - thoroughfare

    Needs must, you know, when somebody drives.

    ------------------------------------

    Chapter 5
    Well, I am very sorry for it; that’s all I can say,’ said Miss La Creevy; ‘as
    much on your mother’s and sister’s account as on yours. Your sister is a very
    pretty young lady, Mr. Nickleby, and that is an additional reason why she should
    have somebody to protect her.
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  • TeachTeach Your Teacher HomePosts: 10,057 mod
    edited April 29
    Elinor - Hermine - Shiny - Taghried

    Elinor - opportunity - dismissed - Conquer (silent u)

    Hermine - expectation - voraciously -

    :smiley: mention - inculcate - boy - deposited - hackney coach - merely

    Shiny - greatcoat (not great coat) - inquiry (not query) - Nicholas’s sister - proprietor - pummelled - peculiarly (not particularly)

    :smiley: - uncultivated - hasty

    "Breakfast! Bah!"

    Taghried - rejoined (silent e) - Noggs - upon - consequently - Islington - baker - guineas - pedagogue (ˈpɛdəɡɒɡ) - paternal


    :smiley: haste
    eh?’
    "they’ll be safer in case of their going to sleep; eh?"

    Nikola - word (not ward) - thrashing - feminine - fastened (silent e) - blows (not blouse) - carried - air (not ear) - read (past tense) - stared (not started)

    "encomiums" a speech or piece of writing that praises someone or something highly.


    -------------------

    So the day wore on. At Eton Slocomb there was a good coach dinner, of
    which the box, the four front outsides, the one inside, Nicholas, the goodtempered
    man, and Mr. Squeers, partook;
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  • XanthippeXanthippe Posts: 2,004 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Updates available. :)
  • TeachTeach Your Teacher HomePosts: 10,057 mod
    edited May 6
    Hermine - Elinor - Shiny - Nadia

    Hermine - fastidious (not facetious) - chariot - reticule (not ridicule) - rapid (not rabid) - turned in (not on) - warmth - Grantham / Newark - flinging - Occurrence

    :smiley: thaw - plunging

    ----------------

    gables - archer - winged (not whinged) - towards (not forward) - obstacles -saluted - mossy - tresses (not dresses) - precious - trifling - bubbles (not bumbles)

    :smiley: angels / angles

    Elinor -

    Shiny - shame - fastidious - lady (long a) - inquiries - passes (not paces) - prematurely - good-nature

    :smiley: gratuitously

    Nadia - condescended - contemptuously - propriety - brow - nature

    :smiley: pass here - scarce

    ------------------------------

    ‘“See here,” said the friar, taking the frame from her hand, “an intricate
    winding of gaudy colours, without purpose or object, unless it be that one day it
    is destined for some vain ornament, to minister to the pride of your frail and
    giddy sex.
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  • XanthippeXanthippe Posts: 2,004 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Sad story continues. :)
  • TeachTeach Your Teacher HomePosts: 10,057 mod
    We have a platform on EdunationIII set up for tomorrow morning. However, we will be using Discord for voice as usual.
  • TeachTeach Your Teacher HomePosts: 10,057 mod
    edited May 13
    Hermine - April - Shiny - Elinor - Mtuq

    Hermine - intricate - gaudy - destined - accomplished (c) - hastening (silent t) - love (luv) - thoughts - rapidly - towards - shall (a) - virtue - pious
    thy young brow
    :smile: - friar

    April - prayer (prer) - monk (mʌŋk) - sisters - nature - hastening into - shone - frequently (not to frequent) - stealth (not like steal) - brought

    Shiny - boughs (not bows) - ravages - brought - fragments - fiery - to deliberate --
    :smiley: minster

    Elinor - little - deliberately (dɪˈlɪb.ər.ət.li)

    -----------------------------

    THE BARON OF GROGZWIG
    ‘The Baron Von Koeldwethout, of Grogzwig in Germany,
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  • XanthippeXanthippe Posts: 2,004 ✭✭✭✭✭
    @Teach, my good old Jane Eyre's days... And no Mr Rochester has appeared... :'(
  • XanthippeXanthippe Posts: 2,004 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited June 9
    Updates available. :)

    Bon appetite :) : This part of the conversation was rather unintelligible; but popular rumour in the neighbourhood asserted that Mr. Squeers, being amiably opposed to cruelty to animals, not unfrequently purchased for boy consumption the bodies of horned cattle who had died a natural death; possibly he was apprehensive of having unintentionally devoured some choice morsel intended for the young gentlemen.
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  • TeachTeach Your Teacher HomePosts: 10,057 mod
    edited June 10
    Elinor - April - Shiny - Nidhi - Mark

    Elinor - venerable (-le) - little (-le)

    :smile: bear -

    Lincoln green

    April - frowned - imperial - preoccupied - demolished - proffered - hastened - eternal - alas

    Shiny - roared - such (not much) - castle -

    :smile: consciences - nuptials - son-in-law

    as bold as brass

    Nidhi - bear - debt - domestics - measure - hideous - bloodshot - jagged (voiced e)

    :smile: tower

    Mark - daunted - lustreless - ready - proceedings (not processing) - said - exclaimed - expostulated - sighed - thoroughly

    :smile: apparition - afflicted
    -----------------

    ‘“Why, certainly,” said Von Koeldwethout, “nothing is too bad to be
    retrieved.”
    ‘“Except empty coffers,” cried the genius.
    ‘“Well; but they may be one day filled again,” said the baron.
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  • XanthippeXanthippe Posts: 2,004 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Updates available.

    Saving creetur... :D :D
  • TeachTeach Your Teacher HomePosts: 10,057 mod
    edited June 17
    Elinor - April - Hermine - Shiny - Contety - MHoz - Paulette

    Elinor - Quit (t)

    April - hue - chaise

    Hermine - shut (soft sh) - picturesque - great-coat - obstinacy

    :smile: half-a-dozen

    ? with her hair in papers ?

    Shiny - observe - feigned - pretty (not like petty) - recollect - steak - abstractedly

    ‘Oh! it’s you, is it?’

    Contety - exclaimed - heartily - asserted - cruelty - unintentionally - clothes - consequence - stowed (not like stout) - tumbler - ghost (not host) - close up (not like to close)

    MHoz - where (not were) - they know where I live

    ? ‘what an extraordinary hand!’ ?

    ----------------------

    Excuse errors. I should forget how to wear a whole coat now. I have forgotten
    all my old ways. My spelling may have gone with them.
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