The Old Curiosity Shop

Synopsis: Nell Trent lives with her grandfather, the proprietor of the Old Curiosity Shop. Grandfather has a disquieting secret-a gambling addiction fed by high-interest loans from the bully Daniel Quilp. The villainous Quilp wants to get possession of the shop-and Nell. In league with his lawyer Samson Brass and Samson's sister Sally, Quilp seizes Grandfather's assets. But Nell organizes an escape from the shop in the dead of night, and she and Grandfather begin a harrowing odyssey through the English countryside with their nemesis in hot pursuit. Convinced that there is a family fortune to be gained, Nell's brother Fred and his friend Dick Swiveller join in the chase. Meanwhile Nell and Grandfather encounter a slew of eccentric characters, including Mrs. Jarley, who runs a lurid traveling waxworks where Nell and Grandfather earn a meager wage for a brief time. Nell and her grandfather are eventually forced to beg for survival. Will Nell's young friend Kit Nubbles and a mysterious stranger arri
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- (Men shout)

- (Woman cackles)


Get out of it!

- (Gulls crying)

- (Tinkling)

(Mutters) ..there's 12.

Here' take it.

Small fortune.

- Thank you' sir. He'll be very grateful to you.

- So he should.

Tell him I expect to see a return

on my investments very soon.

Good night.

Oh' here.

- Let me Walk you home.

- I can find my own Way.

- (Distant shouting)

- Very Well.

- (Gulls crying)

- (Ship's horn)

(Men shouting)

(Distant cackling)

Who's there?

Kit' is that you?

- Yes' miss.

- Thank goodness.

Come With me. I'll see you 'ome.

I feel much safer Walking With you' Kit.

Glad to hear it' miss.

I've been sent on an errand

by my grandfather.

He shouldn't have sent you anywhere

at this time of night.

He said it Was urgent.

- I'll always be here for you' miss.

- I knoW you Will' Kit.



- I thought I might have lost you forever' Nell.

- Don't Worry' I'd always find my Way home.

You should take more care' sir.

It's dangerous' this end...

I'll fetch your supper' Grandfather.

Erm' thank you' my boy.

I'm very grateful to you.

- Are you staying for supper' Kit?

- Not tonight.

- But there's enough...

- Not tonight' I said.

- We'll see you in the morning' boy.

- Very Well.

- Good night' miss.

- Good night' Kit.

Make it an early start.

TomorroW We've Work to do.

Yes' sir.

Was your journey successful?

ShoW me.

NoW' Where's my coat?

- You're not going out tonight' Grandfather?

- Yes' yes. I'm afraid I must.

(Door closes)

I could never stand in awe of a man

as your daughter does' Mrs. Jiniwin.

- Are you listening to this advice' Betsy?

- Yes' Mama.

- Well' good.

- I'd kill myself first.

- Then Write a letter saying hoW he did it.

- (Mother) Oh!

Well' I'll drink to that'

Mrs. George. (Chuckles)

For Daniel Quilp.

He's the greatest monster

that ever lived. (Slurps)

He's a tyrant.

And my daughter is such a passive soul.

She hasn't the spirit

to stand up to such a hideous'

vindictive' ugly little ma...

Good evening' ma'am' ladies.

Oh' Mr. Quilp. Didn't hear you come in.


Go on' ma'am' you Were sayin'.


Oh' Mrs. Quilp' hoW delightful.

You've invited a neighbor to supper and

sent out for something light and palatable.

I didn't invite anybody to supper' Daniel.

- It Was Ma...

- Hush' child.

- Good night' ma'am.

- What?

You're not goin'' missus' surely?

Thank you for your hospitality.

So soon? Why not stop for breakfast?

There's nothing dishonest

in a bit of supper' Mr. Quilp.

My daughter has the right to do

as she pleases.

- You'd like to think so' ma'am.

- (Groans)

Oh' you look ill' Mrs. Jiniwin.

You been overexciting yourself.

- It's a Weakness in old Women. Get to bed.

- I shall go to bed When I please' Quilp'

- and not before.

- Please to go noW' Mrs. Jiniwin.

- No.

- Upstairs' I say!

I feel in a smoking humor' Mrs. Quilp...

and Will probably blaze away all night.

I'd like you to sit With me

and move not an inch in case I Want you.

Yes' of course' Daniel.

Oh' a Word of advice' my dear.

Should you ever listen to those harpies again'

do you knoW What I'll do to you?

No' Daniel. What Will you do to me?

I'll bite you.

(Dog barks)

Erm' I'm going to need your help again' Nell.

Must I?

Yes' I'm afraid you must.

Our future depends upon it.

Another errand tomorroW morning.

Wake up.

I'm sorry' Daniel. Please forgive me.

I should hope so.

(Hums jolly tune)

(Stops humming)

Betsy my dear' What are you doing sat there?

Have you not been to bed? (Gasps)

Oh! What a vision of loveliness.


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