When Nicholas befriends Smyke, a physically challenged runaway from a deplorable Yorkshire school, he risks his livelihood, and that of his sister and mother. Through many hardships and adventures, Nicholas demonstrates that loyalty and integrity can overcome the most devious machinations. ¶Featuring a glorious cast of Dickensian heroes and villains, Nicholas Nickleby is a tour-de-force Victorian novel. Scowl back at the cringe-worthy Wackford Squeers, and laugh at the histrionics of the Crummels Family. While Ralph Nickleby shows you the evils that money can bring, the Cheeryble brothers demonstrate the good. And though Nicholas walks through the fire, he also triumphs as a beacon of hope for the downtrodden.