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Tommy Traddles Timeline and Summary
- Tommy Traddles first appears as a student in Mr. Creakle's school, Salem House.
- He is a good-natured boy who never complains, even though he is Mr. Creakle's favorite target for beating.
- Traddles likes to draw skeletons whenever he is upset.
- When Steerforth gets Mr. Mell fired, Traddles is the only boy to stand up and say Steerforth has done the wrong thing.
- Traddles has been raised by a rich uncle.
- This uncle seems to have decided he doesn't like Traddles that much after all, because after his death, Traddles finds that the uncle hasn't left Traddles any money.
- Traddles has to drop out of Salem House and start work right away to support himself.
- He uses a school connection, Yawler, to find lots of odd jobs clerking in different law offices.
- Eventually, he saves enough money to work at a law office of his own.
- Traddles falls in love with a clergyman's daughter, Sophy Crewler. The two get engaged.
- Traddles realizes that he won't have enough money to start a family for a long time.
- He and Sophy settle into a long engagement.
- Traddles rents a room with the Micawbers, and becomes a close friend of theirs – so close that, when Mr. Micawber asks him to co-sign a couple of loans, Traddles agrees.
- Traddles speaks with David at length for the first time in many years at a dinner party at Mr. Waterbrook's house. The two become friends again.
- David warns Traddles not to co-sign any loans with Mr. Micawber, because Mr. Micawber's not a bad guy, but he can't be trusted with money. It's too late, of course.
- Mr. Micawber defaults on his loans, and Traddles is on the hook for a lot of money. His furniture is all repossessed. But Traddles doesn't hold a grudge.
- Traddles accompanies David on his visit to Dora's aunts to get permission to marry.
- David's friend looks forward to the day when he and Sophy can finally get married.
- Traddles worries about Mr. Micawber when he gets a letter from Mrs. Micawber suggesting that Mr. Micawber has been secretive and withdrawn ever since he started working for Uriah Heep.
- Traddles accompanies David and Miss Betsey to Canterbury to meet with Mr. Micawber.
- Hearing Mr. Micawber's testimony against Uriah Heep for fraud, Traddles demands that Uriah Heep pay back the money he stole and give up his partnership with Mr. Wickfield.
- Uriah Heep agrees reluctantly.
- Traddles finally marries Sophy Crewler. At one time or another, all of her sisters seem to stay with Traddles in his tiny home. But he is so generous and good-spirited that he welcomes the crowd.
- Traddles's hard work is really paying off: his law practice is well-established. Traddles is on his way to becoming a judge.
- Like David, Traddles gets a letter from Mr. Creakle inviting him to tour the prison Mr. Creakle is running.
- Traddles is amazed to find Uriah Heep and Steerforth's wicked servant, Littimer, in Mr. Creakle's prison.
- Both David and Traddles laugh at how Mr. Creakle treats his prisoners much better than he ever treated his students.
- Traddles settles in to a happy family life. All of his sisters-in-law marry happily (except for one, the oldest, who comes to live with Traddles and Sophy).
- He feels a sense of pride at the big, beautiful family that comes to sit around his dining room table.