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Summary Chapter 73

Mr. Brass is found guilty of perjury and fraud. The populace, when he is transported, throws rotten eggs and dead kittens at him. He is sentenced to several years in prison and is disbarred.

There are conflicting rumors about what happened to Sally Brass. Some claim she became a sailor. Others say she became a soldier. Years later, there are reports that she and her brother emerge at night to search for food—and they avoid society.

Quilp’s body is found a few days later. The cause of death is determined to be suicide. He is given a suicide’s burial—stake through the heart, and buried at some crossroads. Tom Scott shed many tears at the inquest and had to be lead out when he wanted to assault the jury. Some say he removed the body and gave it a proper burial. Afterwards, he decided to earn his living through his acrobatic skill. His English name made people prejudiced against him, so he took on an Italian one and soon became a success.

Mrs. Quilp never forgave herself for betraying Nell. She was rich after Quilp’s death, since he had no relatives and had made no will. She kept to her own council when she chose her second husband. He made it a condition before their marriage that her mother live elsewhere. They had a relatively happy marriage.

Mr. Abel became a partner with Mr. Witherden. At a ball to celebrate this, he met a very bashful young lady. They fell in love and married. They have a family.

Whiskers the pony maintained his independent nature and lived an extraordinarily long life. While he played with Mr. Abel’s children, he never let them ride on his back or drive him. When the Bachelor came to live at the Garland household after the clergyman’s death, the pony would allow himself to be driven by him. Pony didn’t work the last three years of his life, but his last act was to kick his doctor.

Mr. Swiveller recovered from his illness and received his annuity. He bought clothes for Marchioness and sent her to school. He named her Sophronia Sphynx. She proved to be an excellent student and advanced very quickly ahead of her peers. Though her education was expensive, he never went back on his promise. He took pride in her success.

When she was nineteen, he asked her to marry him. She accepted. They rented a cottage. Every Sunday, Mr. Chuckster comes to spend the day with them. Dick Swiveller often wonders about Sophronia’s parentage. Through the bits of information he has put together, he suspects she is the bastard child between Sally Brass and Daniel Quilp. This does not bother him, as she is a devoted wife. They have a happy marriage, and they spend many evenings playing games. He always calls her Marchioness.

Mr. Chuckster maintained his dislike for Kit for years, but he eventually thawed. He even sponsored him. However, he still holds it against Kit for coming back to work for the shilling.

Isaac List, Mr. Jowl, and James Groves continued their enterprise with varying success until they parted ways. The law caught up with them eventually, thanks to a new associate of theirs—Frederick Trent. Trent rioted abroad until his body wound up in a Paris morgue. It was recognized among the other drowning victims, but it remained unclaimed.

Mr. Marton remained at his post. He befriended Nell’s little friend. In gratitude for his kindness to Nell and the grandfather, Bevis Marks leaves him money—and he is not a poor schoolmaster any longer.

Bevis Marks heart was sorrowful, but he consoled himself by traveling the same journey Nell and his brother had made. He sought out those who had been kind to them and rewarded them.

Kit’s story of being framed and false imprisonment earned him many friends. Though he didn’t plan to leave the Garlands, Mr. Garland advised him to accept a better position offered by one of the gentlemen who had once believed in his guilt. The man also secures his mother’s future. Barbara’s mother and Mrs. Nubbles, being good friends, decide to live together. Kit marries Barbara. He has five sons and one daughter. The children often begged him to tell the story about Miss Nell, which he would do. He also showed them where the Curiosity Shop once stood, though it has since been torn down to make way for a road. As the years pass, he no longer remembers where it exactly stood.

Charles Dickens