Dombey and Son

Author: Charles Dickens


I cannot forego my usual opportunity of saying farewell to my readers in this greetingplace, though I have only to acknowledge the unbounded warmth and earnestness of their sympathy in every stage of the journey we have just concluded.

If any of them have felt a sorrow in one of the principal incidents on which this fiction turns, I hope it may be a sorrow of that sort which endears the sharers in it, one to another. This is not unselfish in me. I may claim to have felt it, at least as much as anybody else; and I would fain be remembered kindly for my part in the experience.

DEVONSHIRE TERRACE, Twenty-Fourth March, 1848.


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Chicago: Charles Dickens, "Preface," Dombey and Son, trans. Evans, Sebastian in Dombey and Son Original Sources, accessed June 3, 2023,

MLA: Dickens, Charles. "Preface." Dombey and Son, translted by Evans, Sebastian, in Dombey and Son, Original Sources. 3 Jun. 2023.

Harvard: Dickens, C, 'Preface' in Dombey and Son, trans. . cited in , Dombey and Son. Original Sources, retrieved 3 June 2023, from