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Young Martin Chuzzlewit becomes estranged from his wealthy self centered grandfather when he vows his love for the grandfather's ward, Mary, without asking for the grandfather's consent.
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Since Martin has no money of his own, he is forced to go out in the world to seek a living. He decides to go to America to seek his fortune, accompanied by his friend and servant, Mark Tapley.

While he is gone, another relative, the evil Mr. Pecksniff seems to gain some influence over the grandfather. He also begins to make love to Mary and tries to persuade her to marry him. While in America, Martin buys some swampland and becomes very sick. As a result of his close call with death, he vows to become a better person. He and Mark return to England, where he hopes to reconcile with his grandfather.

At first he is unsuccessful, but when the grandfather has made certain that young Martin is a changed man, he reveals that he had not really been under Pecksniff's influence, that he had known Pecksniff's evil character from the start, and that he had only wished to test how far he would go. The grandfather and Martin are reconciled, and Martin's marriage to Mary is approved.
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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   thoughtful Time/era of story    -   1600-1899 Family, struggle with    -   Yes Struggle with:    -   Grandpa Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   unemployed Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   British


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   6 () United States    -   Yes Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK

Writing Style

Weird Victorian/Shakespearean English?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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