Dombey and Son (Penguin Classics)

Dombey and Son

by Charles Dickens

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Trivia

  • The motto of the publication Notes and Queries, "When found, make a note of", comes from the novel.
  • In the illustrated plate, "Major Bagstock is delighted to have that opportunity," the lettering "HOTEL" on the central building in the background is written in mirror-writing. Phiz, the illustrator, evidently forgot to reverse the lettering so that it would read correctly when the plate was printed. (However, strangely, he got the other lettering in the same plate correct.)
  • Dickens coined the phrase "good riddance to bad rubbish" in chapter 44 of Dombey and Son.
  • Sir Harry Johnston wrote a sequel to Dombey and Son in about 1920, titled The Gay-Dombeys.
  • In the novel Velocity by Dean Koontz, the comatose wife of the main protagonist often makes incoherent references to the works of Dickens, the 'most mysterious' coming from Dombey and Son, "I want to know what it says, the sea. What it is that it keeps on saying."

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