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English Book Club - Nicholas Nickleby

TeachTeach Your TeacherHomePosts: 9,845 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: 9,845 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: 488 ✭✭✭✭
    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: 1,976 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Updates available as usual. :)
  • TeachTeach Your Teacher HomePosts: 9,845 mod
    edited March 11
    Elinor - Hermine - Nadia - Aza - Shiny

    Elinor - strive - living (not leaving) -

    Well done - minute

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    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.’
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    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: 1,976 ✭✭✭✭✭
    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: 9,845 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

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    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".)


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    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 Teacher Here and therePosts: 36,662 mod
    @ThomasJude are you aware of this topic?
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