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Summary Chapter 52


Nicholas stops when Newman shouts, “Stop, thief!” He fears bystanders will lay hands on him.

Nicholas was planning to go and see Bray, hoping to bring up some sort of affection the man has for his daughter to save her. Newman tells him he won’t let him. Nicholas then decides to go to his uncle, but Newman persuades him from doing that as well.

Nicholas despairs in not being able to help her. Newman suggests talking to the Cheeryble brothers, but Nicholas tells him they are out of the country on business. Newman then suggests talking to the nephew or Tim Linkinwater, but Nicholas dismisses this idea. They can’t do anymore than he can, and it would require him to break his trust that the Cheerybles had given him.

Newman tells Nicholas that one should never give up hope. You do the most you can, but giving up hope makes it pointless to do anything. Nicholas decides he will visit Madeline tomorrow and try to reason with her.

Miss Morleena Kenwigs has been invited by a neighbor to a dance. Her mother discovers that her hair needs cutting at a late hour. She slaps Morleena for causing her grief. She accuses her daughter of also being willing to reveal what she would be wearing to the daughter of the neighbor how invited her.

Hearing Noggs outside in the hall, Mrs. Kenwigs asks him to take Morleena to the hairdresser. There they see Mr. Lillyvick.

Mr. Lillyvick asks whether Mrs. Kenwigs has a son, and whether it is like him. He is rather morose. When they walk back to the apartment, Lillyvick asks if the Kenwigs were upset by his marriage. Morleena says yes, but they’ve recovered.

When Lillyvick visits the Kenwigs, they are not happy to see him. They accuse him of turning his back on them. They claim they never cared about the money or property.

Mr. Lillyvick reveals that his wife has eloped with another man, and he gives her up forever. The Kenwigs embrace him out of sympathy. Mr. Lillyvick tells them he will leave his inheritance to their children. He reveals that his wife also stoled somethings from him when she left, and the Kenwigs cut Miss Petowker down—saying they never approved of how she acted.

Mr. Lillyvick finds comfort in reuniting with his family.  

Charles Dickens