"Nicholas Nickleby" or "The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby" is a novel by Charles Dickens originally published as a serial from 1838 to 1839. It was Dickens' third novel. The story centres on the life and adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, a young man who must support his mother and sister after his father dies.

Nicholas's uncle, Ralph Nickleby, gets Nicholas a very low-paying job as an assistant to Wackford Squeers, who runs the school Dotheboys Hall in Yorkshire. Nicholas is initially wary of Squeers because he is gruff and violent towards his young charges.

Dotheboys Hall is a brutal school run by the evil Wackford Squeers a cruel, one-eyed, Yorkshire "schoolmaster". Dotheboys Hall is a boarding school for unwanted children. Squeers mistreats the boys horribly, starving them and beating them regularly. He gets his comeuppance at the hands of Nicholas when he is beaten in retaliation for the whipping of Smike, a poor 18 year old drudge living in Squeers's "care".

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