* Members of the company, speaking in turn, give the family background of the Nickleby family; Mr. Nickleby loses his fortune, dies, and his family is left to fend for itself, so they go to Ralph, the oldest son, to seek his help.
* At a public meeting in a tavern, Member of Parliament, Sir Matthew Pupker presents a report on the dismal state of the muffin and crumpet trade, and a motion passes to have the government enact a bill to create a publicly offered muffin and crumpet corporation.
* Ralph returns to his office where he receives a letter informing him of matters regarding his family, in which he does not seem too interested.
* Bonney arrives with a request for Ralph's investment in the muffin corporation, but Ralph is only interested in it if he can make a profit
* Ralph arrives at the lodgings where...
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