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Summary Chapter 28

Nell wakes up late and apologizes to Mrs. Jarley. The lady replies she hadn’t planned on rousing her, claiming it is good for her to get over her fatigue by sleeping as long as she needs. She claims Nell is fortunate to be at the age where she can sleep well. Nell inquires how Mrs. Jarley slept. Mrs. Jarley claimed she had a bad night like she usually does, though Nell recalls her snoring soundly. However, the little girl merely says she is sorry to hear it.

They settle down for breakfast. Afterwards, Nell washes and puts away the dishes. Mrs. Jarley prepares to go out. She tells Nell to go with the van that delivers the boxes. Though she is not in the mood to do it, Mrs. Jarley claims she needs to go out among the people to advertise the exhibit. She fusses over her appearance before going.

Nell peers out the window at the city, though she is fearful she’ll see Quilp among the faces. The town is large, clean, and very sunny—but its streets are pretty much deserted. They finally arrive at the place of exhibition. George and another man carry boxes in and unpack them. Nell and the grandfather assist. The work is accomplished very quickly.
Mr. Slum shows up. He asks Mrs. Jarley if she has any orders. She says “it” is very expensive and doesn’t do much good. He says she is mistaken, but she reiterates her former statement. He says everyone blesses his name. He offers her another item for sale. They haggle over the price, and she buys it.

The display is set up. Mrs. Jarley dismisses everyone but Nell. She explains to Nell her duties. She explains the history of each figure. Nell repeats the history until she has it memorized, pointing to notable details on each waxwork. The wax works are of people who met bad ends or villains. Mrs. Jarley is pleased when Nell has learned all of the histories in one session.

Mrs. Jarley then reveals other figures of famous political figures and entertainers. She shows Nell where she’ll collect the money. Then Mrs. Jarley goes out to distribute Mr. Slum’s merchandise and her own handbills. After that, she settles down to dinner.

Charles Dickens