Our hero confronts a large and varied cast, including Wackford
Squeers, the fantastic ogre of a schoolmaster, and Vincent
Crummles, the grandiloquent ham actor, on his comic and satirical
adventures up and down the country. Punishing wickedness,
befriending the helpless, strutting the stage, and falling in love,
Nicholas shares some of his creator's energy and earnestness as he
faces the pressing issues of early Victorian society.