At the party, also attended by the
Cheerybles's nephew Frank and
their elderly clerk Tim Linkinwater,
Ralph and Squeers attempt to
reclaim Smike by presenting forged
********s to the effect that he is the long-lost
son of a man named Snawley
(who, in actuality, is a friend of Squeers
with children at Dotheboys Hall).
Smike refuses to go, but the threat of
legal action remains.
While at work, Nicholas encounters
the beautiful young woman he had seen in
the employment office and realises he is
in love with her. The brothers tell him
that her name is Madeline Bray,
the penniless daughter of a debtor,
Walter Bray, and enlist his help in obtaining
small sums of money for her by commissioning
her artwork, the only way they can help
her due to her tyrannical father.
Arthur Gride, an elderly miser, offers to pay
a debt Ralph is owed by Walter Bray in
exchange for the moneylender's help.
Gride has illegally gained possession of
the will of Madeline's grandfather, and she
will become an heiress upon the event of
her marriage. The two moneylenders convince
Bray to bully his daughter into accepting
the disgusting Gride as a husband, with
the promise of paying off his debts