Later, after Hawk has recovered, they quarrel over
Hawk's insistence on revenging himself
against Nicholas. Verisopht strikes Hawk,
resulting in a duel. Verisopht is killed,
and Hawk flees to France. As a result,
Ralph loses a large sum of money owed to
him by the deceased lord.
Nicholas collects Kate from the Wittiterlys,
and with their mother and Smike,
they move back into Miss LaCreevy's house.
Nicholas pens a letter to Ralph, refusing,
on behalf of his family, a penny of his
uncle's money or influence. Returning to
the employment office, Nicholas meets
Charles Cheeryble, a wealthy and
extremely benevolent merchant who
runs a business with his twin brother Ned
. Hearing Nicholas's story, the brothers
take him into their employ at a generous salary
and provide his family with a small house in
a London suburb.
Ralph encounters a beggar, who recognises him
and reveals himself as Brooker,
Ralph's former employee. He attempts to
blackmail Ralph with a piece of
unknown information, but is driven off.
Returning to his office, Ralph receives
Nicholas's letter and begins plotting against his
nephew in earnest. Wackford Squeers returns to
London and joins Ralph in his plots.
Smike, on a London street, has the misfortune to
run into Squeers, who kidnaps him. Luckily for Smike
, John Browdie is honeymooning in London with
his new wife Tilda and discovers his predicament
. When they have dinner with Squeers,
Browdie fakes an illness and takes
the opportunity to rescue Smike and
send him back to Nicholas. In gratitude,
Nicholas invites the Browdies to dinner.