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The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dic

The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dic

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By Charles Dickens
 containing a Faithful Account of the Fortunes,Misfortunes,Uprisings, Downfallings and Complete Career of theNickelby Family AUTHOR'S PREFACE This story was begun, within a few months after thepublication of the completed "Pickwick Papers." There were, then, agood many cheapYorkshire schools in existence. There are very few now. 
Of the monstrous neglect of education in England, andthe disregardof it by the State as a means of forming good or badcitizens, andmiserable or happy men, private schools long afforded anotableexample. Although any man who had proved hisunfitness for any otheroccupation in life, was free, without examination orqualification,to open a school anywhere; although preparation for thefunctions heundertook, was required in the surgeon who assisted tobring a boyinto the world, or might one day assist, perhaps, tosend him out of it; in the chemist, the attorney, the butcher, the baker,thecandlestick maker; the whole round of crafts andtrades, theschoolmaster excepted; and although schoolmasters, asa race, werethe blockheads and impostors who might naturally beexpected tospring from such a state of things, and to flourish in it;theseYorkshire schoolmasters were the lowest and mostrotten round in thewhole ladder. Traders in the avarice, indifference, or
imbecility of parents, and the helplessness of children; ignorant,sordid, brutalmen, to whom few considerate persons would haveentrusted the boardand lodging of a horse or a dog; they formed the worthycornerstoneof a structure, which, for absurdity and a magnificenthigh-mindedLAISSEZ-ALLER neglect, has rarely been exceeded inthe world. We hear sometimes of an action for damages againstthe unqualifiedmedical practitioner, who has deformed a broken limb inpretending toheal it. But, what of the hundreds of thousands of minds that havebeen deformed for ever by the incapable pettifoggerswho havepretended to form them! I make mention of the race, as of the Yorkshireschoolmasters, in thepast tense. Though it has not yet finally disappeared, itisdwindling daily. A long day's work remains to be doneabout us inthe way of education, Heaven knows; but great