Happiness is a gift and the trick is not to expect it,
but to delight in it when it comes.
My husband remarked that the movie begins at the grave of a broken Nicholas Nickleby, the family in grief and distress; it ends at the same grave with a new, redeemed Nicholas Nickleby who has restored and extended the family. Redemption always comes with two things: evil is judged and put down, and righteousness is lifted up. We all rejoice when good triumphs over evil.
Whose heart can remain unmoved at these words between Nicholas and the young orphan Smike?
You are my home.
I transcribed the final toast, the glorious recap of the movie:
What happens if, too early, we lose a parent, that party on whom we rely for only…everything? What did these people do when their families shrank?
They cried their tears.
But then they did the vital thing: they built a new family person by person. They came to see that family need not be defined merely as those with whom they share blood, but as those for whom they would give their blood.
I am a fan of Rachel Portman’s soundtracks. When I first heard the music, I requested (and received!) this. If you haven’t seen this movie, you need to watch it. If it’s been a while since you have, check it out again. You’ll be glad.