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Ten Nights in a Bar-Room is temperance novel that helped demonize alcohol.
In the story a miller gives up his mill and opens a tavern.
The narrator visits intermittently over the years and charts the changes in the proprietor and the town due to the negative influence of alcohol.
Tom Grogan is a stevedore on the 1890s New York City docks.
Tom dies unexpectedly and his wife Mary decides to carry on his business by taking Toms place.
It is not easy to maintain the fiction that she is Tom Grogan,
nor to keep the business afloat in the face of many challenges.
An idealistic young man, the title character of Nicholas Nickleby is left to find work and to support and protect his mother and sister after his father's death leaves them penniless. After his cold-hearted Uncle Ralph turns down his pleas for help, Nicholas Nickleby is left to find his own way, opening him up to all manner of queer folk, rogues and scoundrels. Dickens shows himself not only to be a literary genius but a comic one as well.
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