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Camilla ( Great Expectations ) Wife of Raymond and sister of Matthew Pocket and one of Miss Havisham's toady relations hoping to gain an inheritance. This lady, whose name was Camilla, very much reminded me of my sister, with the difference that she was older, and (as I found when I caught sight of her) of a blunter cast of features. Indeed, when I knew her better I began to think it was a Mercy she had any features at all, so very blank and high was the dead wall of her face. (top)

Captain Tom ( Great Expectations ) Prisoner in Newgate Prison who is visited by Wemmick and Pip. (top)

Carker, Harriet ( Dombey and Son ) Sister to James and John. Harriet lives with John and the two inherit James' fortune and donate it, anonymously, to Mr Dombey. Harriet later marries Mr Morfin. (top)

Carker, James ( Dombey and Son ) Illustration Opportunistic manager at Dombey and Son. Brother of John and Harriet Carker, he elopes with Dombey's wife and is later killed when struck by a train. A gentleman thirty-eight or forty years old, of a florid complexion, and with two unbroken rows of glistening teeth, whose regularity and whiteness were quite distressing. It was impossible to escape the observation of them, for he showed them whenever he spoke; and bore so wide a smile upon his countenance (a smile, however, very rarely, indeed, extending beyond his mouth), that there was something in it like the snarl of a cat. (top)

Carker, John ( Dombey and Son ) Older brother of James although called "the Junior" because of his low position at the firm of Dombey and Son. He is looked upon with scorn by his younger brother because he embezzled money from the firm when a young man. Harriet Carker is his sister. (top)

Caroline ( A Christmas Carol ) Wife of the debtor who cannot help being glad that Ebenezer Scrooge is dead and that their debt will be transferred elsewhere at which time they will be ready with the money. She was a mild and patient creature if her face spoke truth; but she was thankful in her soul to hear it, and she said so, with clasped hands. She prayed forgiveness the next moment, and was sorry; but the first was the emotion of her heart. (top)

Carstone, Richard ( Bleak House ) Illustration Ward of Mr. Jarndyce and a party to the case of Jarndyce and Jarndyce. He marries Ada Clare and later dies when his health declines as the estate he hopes to acquire is consumed in court costs. He was a handsome youth with an ingenuous face and a most engaging laugh...He was very young, not more than nineteen. (top)

Carton, Sydney ( A Tale of Two Cities ) Illustration Barrister in the employ of Mr Stryver. ...idlest and most unpromising of men. Carton is able to get a charge of treason reversed for Charles Darnay due to a strong physical resemblance. He becomes infatuated with Lucie Manette who marries Charles Darnay. Carton later takes Darnay's place at the guillotine. It is a far, far better thing I do than I have ever done, it is a far, far better rest I go to than I have ever known. (top)

Casby, Christopher ( Little Dorrit ) Illustration Father of Flora Finching and landlord who gouges the residents of Bleeding Heart Yard through his collector, Pancks. Pancks later exposes Casby by cutting his long gray hair in front of the residents of Bleeding Heart Yard. (top)

Cavalletto, John Baptist ( Little Dorrit ) Small time Italian smuggler and fellow prisoner with Rigaud as the novel opens. Later employed by Arthur Clennam in Bleeding Heart Yard after being injured in a mail coach accident. Aids in the search for Rigaud. (top)

Rev Chadband ( Bleak House ) Illustration Typical Dickensian hypocritical reverend, admonishing Jo in the spirit while he starves. Marries the former Mrs Rachael. Much given to describe himself, both verbally and in writing, as a vessel, he is occasionally mistaken by strangers for a gentleman connected with navigation, but he is, as he expresses it, "in the ministry." Mr. Chadband is attached to no particular denomination and is considered by his persecutors to have nothing so very remarkable to say on the greatest of subjects as to render his volunteering, on his own account, at all incumbent on his conscience; but he has his followers. (top)

Charley ( David Copperfield ) Proprietor of a second-hand clothes shop in Chatham where David Copperfield sells his coat. He was a dreadful old man to look at, in a filthy flannel waistcoat, and smelling terribly of rum. (top)

Charlotte ( Oliver Twist ) Illustration Maid in Mr Sowerberry's undertaking business. She steals from her employer and runs off to London with Noah Claypole. A slatternly girl, in shoes down at heel, and blue worsted stockings very much out of repair. (top)

Cheeryble Brothers ( Nicholas Nickleby ) Illustration Charles and Edwin (Ned). Benevolent businessmen who employ and befriend Nicholas Nickleby and his family. Frank Cheeryble, who marries Kate Nickleby, is their nephew. (top)

Cheeryble, Frank ( Nicholas Nickleby ) Nephew of the Cheeryble brothers who marries Kate Nickleby. (top)

Chester, Edward ( Barnaby Rudge ) Illustration Son of John, eventually overcomes the opposition of his father and her uncle and marries Emma Haredale. The couple relocate to the West Indies. (top)

Chester, John ( Barnaby Rudge ) Illustration Father of Edward, tries to prevent Edward's marriage to Emma Haredale. Becomes a member of Parliament. Killed in a duel by Emma's uncle Geoffrey. (top)

Chestle, Mr ( David Copperfield ) A hop grower whom the eldest Miss Larkins marries. A plain elderly gentleman. (top)

Chick, John ( Dombey and Son ) Husband of Louisa. A stout bald gentleman, with a very large face, and his hands continually in his pockets, and who had a tendency in his nature to whistle and hum tunes. (top)

Chick, Louisa ( Dombey and Son ) Sister of Paul Dombey Sr. and friend to Mrs. Tox. Quote: Make an effort. (top)

Chickenstalker, Anne ( The Chimes ) A stout lady who keeps a shop in the general line to whom Trotty owes some small debts. In Trotty's dream she marries Tugby and is Meg's landlady. (top)

Chickweed, Conkey ( Oliver Twist ) Keeper of a public house "over Battlebridge way" who faked a burglary of his establishment and was arrested by Jem Spyers in a story told by Blathers. (top)

Childers, E.W.B. ( Hard Times ) A member of Sleary's circus troupe. His face, close-shaven, thin, and sallow, was shaded by a great quantity of dark hair, brushed into a roll all round his head, and parted up the centre. His legs were very robust, but shorter than legs of good proportions should have been. His chest and back were as much too broad, as his legs were too short. He was dressed in a Newmarket coat and tight-fitting trousers; wore a shawl round his neck; smelt of lamp-oil, straw, orange-peel, horses' provender, and sawdust; and looked a most remarkable sort of Centaur, compounded of the stable and the play-house. (top)

Mr. Chillip ( David Copperfield ) Doctor who delivers David Copperfield. He was the meekest of his sex, the mildest of little men. He sidled in and out of a room, to take up the less space. He walked as softly as the Ghost in Hamlet, and more slowly. He carried his head on one side, partly in modest depreciation of himself, partly in modest propitiation of everybody else. He later establishes a practice "within a few miles of Bury St. Edmund's" and is a neighbor of Edward and Jane Murdstone. He is married and has a daughter. (top)

Chitling, Tom ( Oliver Twist ) One of Fagin's minions recently released from prison. He had small twinkling eyes, and a pock-marked face; wore a fur cap, a dark corduroy jacket, greasy fustian trousers, and an apron. His wardrobe was, in truth, rather out of repair; but he excused himself to the company by stating that his 'time' was only out an hour before; and that, in consequence of having worn the regimentals for six weeks past, he had not been able to bestow any attention on his private clothes. (top)

Chivery, John, Young John, Mrs Chivery ( Little Dorrit ) Turnkeys (jailors) at the Marshalsea. Young John loves Amy Dorrit and assists in finding her father's fortune. Mrs Chivery runs a tobacco shop around the corner from the Marshalsea on Horsemonger Lane. (top)

Choke, General Cyrus ( Martin Chuzzlewit ) Member of the Eden Land Corporation who introduces Martin to Scadder. Like many others Martin Meets in America the General is considered "one of the most remarkable men in the country." (top)

Chollop, Hannibal ( Martin Chuzzlewit ) Another of "the most remarkable men in the country" Martin meets in Eden. Chollop enforces the propagation of liberty with a brace of revolving-pistols. (top)

Chuckster, Mr ( The Old Curiosity Shop ) Clerk to Mr Witherden, friend of Dick Swiveler, and enemy of Kit. (top)

Chuffey ( Martin Chuzzlewit ) Devoted old clerk of Anthony Chuzzlewit. "He looked as if he had been put away and forgotten half a century before, and somebody had just found him in a lumber-closet." (top)

Chuzzlewit, Anthony ( Martin Chuzzlewit ) Brother of old Martin Chuzzlewit and father of Jonas Chuzzlewit. Greedy and tight-fisted business man who breeds these same qualities into his son, Jonas, who tries to poison him for his trouble. (top)

Chuzzlewit, Jonas ( Martin Chuzzlewit ) Illustration Son of Anthony Chuzzlewit, he attempts to kill his father to gain his inheritance. Marries Mercy Pecksniff and, through his cruelty, breaks her spirit. He murders Tigg, the murder is discovered, and on the way to prison poisons himself. (top)

Chuzzlewit, Martin ( Martin Chuzzlewit ) Illustration Grandson of Martin Sr. He has a falling out with his grandfather over his love for Mary Graham. Becomes a pupil of Pecksniff who, because of pressure from the grandfather, throws young Martin out. After a trip to America with Mark Tapley, he comes back to England and, after the undoing of Pecksniff, reconciles with his grandfather and marries Mary Graham. (top)

Chuzzlewit, Old Martin ( Martin Chuzzlewit ) Illustration Grandfather of Martin, cousin of Pecksniff, brother of Anthony, uncle of Jonas. Martin is suspicious of his hypocritical relatives, chiefly Pecksniff, whose hypocrisy Martin exposes and is reconciled with his grandson, young Martin. (top)

Clare, Ada ( Bleak House ) Illustration Ward of John Jarndyce, friend of Esther Summerson, cousin of Richard Carstone, who she marries and is soon widowed as Richard's health fails in the wake of the unhappy conclusion of the Chancery suit. ...such a beautiful girl! With such rich golden hair, such soft blue eyes, and such a bright, innocent, trusting face! (top)

Clarriker ( Great Expectations ) Shipping merchant from whom Pip secretly buys a partnership for Herbert. After Pip loses his fortune he is also employed in the firm. (top)

Claypole, Noah (Morris Bolter) ( Oliver Twist ) Illustration Assistant at Sowerberry's with whom Oliver fights. Noah runs away to London with Charlotte and joins Fagin's band, taking the name of Morris Bolter. Fagin uses him to spy on Nancy. After Fagin's capture he testifies against him and becomes an informer for the police. A large-headed, small-eyed youth, of lumbering make and heavy countenance,...a red nose and yellow smalls. (top)

Clennam, Arthur ( Little Dorrit ) Illustration Returns to England from abroad where he has spent years with his father in the family business. On his father's death he falls out with his mother and gives up his share of the family business. He befriends Amy Dorrit at the Marshalsea and becomes business partner to Daniel Doyce. After losing everything in a banking scam by Merdle he is himself imprisoned in the Marshalsea. His health fails and Amy cares for him in the prison. The novel ends with Arthur and Amy's marriage. (top)

Clennam, Mrs. ( Little Dorrit ) Illustration Invalid mother of Arthur with whom she has a falling out over the family business. She avoids a blackmail scheme by Rigaud/Blandois when her tumble-down house tumbles down on him. (top)

Clickett (The Orfling) ( David Copperfield ) Maid to the Micawbers and an orphan from St. Luke's Workhouse. A dark-complexioned young woman, with a habit of snorting. (top)

Cly, Roger ( A Tale of Two Cities ) Former servant of Charles Darnay who testifies against his former master at Darnay's trial for treason. He fakes his death and is buried in a mock funeral in London. Cly surfaces later as a spy and informer in Paris and ends up on the guillotine. (top)

Cobb, Tom ( Barnaby Rudge ) Friend of John Willet at the Maypole Inn. (top)

Codlin and Short ( The Old Curiosity Shop ) Illustration Proprietors of a traveling Punch and Judy show that Nell and her grandfather meet on their travels through the English countryside. (top)

Coiler, Mrs ( Great Expectations ) Toady neighbor of the Pockets. A widow lady of that highly sympathetic nature that she agreed with everybody, blessed everybody, and shed smiles and tears on everybody, according to circumstances. (top)

Colonel ( Great Expectations ) Former soldier and prisoner in Newgate Prison for counterfeiting. A Coiner, a very good workman. The Recorder's report is made to-day, and he is sure to be executed on Monday. (top)

Compeyson ( Great Expectations ) Con man who deceives Miss Havisham, with the help of Miss Havisham's brother Arthur, to get her money with a promise of marriage, and then leaves her at the altar. He is an accomplice of Magwitch in the original prison break. He later exposes Magwitch and accidentally drowns when Magwitch is recaptured. (top)

Copperfield, Clara ( David Copperfield ) Illustration Mother of David Copperfield. Orphan and later a nursery-governess when she marries David Copperfield Sr. A widow when David Jr is born, she is later lured into marriage by Edward Murdstone, who destroys her spirit and she dies along with her newborn son while David is away at school. Pretty hair and youthful shape...Meek, mild, and no match for her new husband, Mr Murdstone, and his sister. (top)

Copperfield, David ( David Copperfield ) Illustration Narrator of the story modeled after Dickens life. Begins life with his widowed mother and their maid, Peggotty. When his mother marries Mr. Murdstone his life becomes miserable. He is sent to Creakle's school where he meets Steerforth and Traddles. After the death of his mother he goes to work at Murdstone and Grinby and is lodged with the Micawbers. David runs away to live with his aunt Betsey Trotwood in Dover. He later marries his employer Spenlow's daughter, Dora. Dora dies and David marries longtime friend, Agnes Wickfield. David, like Dickens, becomes a successful author. (top)

Copperfield, David Sr ( David Copperfield ) Father of David Copperfield, dead six months before his son's birth. Buried in the churchyard in view of David's bedroom window. I was a posthumous child. My father's eyes had closed upon the light of this world six months, when mine opened on it. (top)

Cluppins, Elizabeth ( Pickwick Papers ) Friend of Martha Bardell and sister of Mary Ann Raddle. 'A little, brisk, busy-looking woman', she gives evidence against Pickwick in the Bardell vs Pickwick trial. (top)

Coavins ( Bleak House ) Runs a sponging house and employs Neckett as a "follerer" and where Harold Skimpole is a frequent inmate. (top)

Corney, Mrs ( Oliver Twist ) Matron of the workhouse where Oliver is born. She marries Bumble making him miserable. The Bumbles are disgraced when they contrive with Monks to hide Oliver's past. They end up as paupers in the workhouse they once ruled over. (top)

Corney, Mr ( Oliver Twist ) Mrs Corney's deceased husband, dead not five and twenty years, whom she laments she will never get another like him. After Mrs Corney marries Mr Bumble he wishes the former Mr Corney were still alive. (top)

Crackit, Toby ( Oliver Twist ) Bill Sikes' companion in the attempted robbery of the Maylie house. His lair on Jacob's Island is where Sikes eventually seeks refuge after Nancy's murder. He was dressed in a smartly-cut snuff-coloured coat, with large brass buttons; an orange neckerchief; a coarse, staring, shawl-pattern waistcoat; and drab breeches. [He] had no very great quantity of hair, either upon his head or face; but what he had, was of a reddish dye, and tortured into long corkscrew curls, through which he occasionally thrust some very dirty fingers, ornamented with large common rings. He was a trifle above the middle size, and apparently rather weak in the legs; but this circumstance by no means detracted from his own admiration of his top-boots, which he contemplated, in their elevated situation, with lively satisfaction. (top)

Cratchit, Bob ( A Christmas Carol ) Illustration Longsuffering clerk of Ebenezer Scrooge. Bob endures Scrooge's mistreatment until Scrooge, reformed by the visit of the three spirits, raises Bob's salary and vows to help his struggling family. The Cratchit family consists of Bob's wife, eldest daughter Martha, daughter Belinda, son Peter, two younger children: boy and girl, and Tiny Tim. They were not a handsome family; they were not well dressed; their shoes were far from being water-proof; their clothes were scanty. (top)

Cratchit, Mrs ( A Christmas Carol ) Wife of Bob Cratchit. She is not quite as mild as her husband, wishing to give Scrooge of her mind to feast upon, and hope he had a good appetite for it. Dressed out but poorly in a twice-turned gown, but brave in ribbons, which are cheap and make a goodly show for sixpence. (top)

Cratchit, Belinda ( A Christmas Carol ) Middle daughter of Bob Cratchit. Also brave in ribbons. (top)

Cratchit, Martha ( A Christmas Carol ) Oldest daughter of Bob Cratchit. Martha lives away from home and is a poor apprentice at a milliner's shop. (top)

Cratchit, Peter ( A Christmas Carol ) Oldest son of Bob Cratchit. Bob Cratchit ... had a situation in his eye for Master Peter, which would bring in, if obtained, full five-and-sixpence weekly. The two young Cratchits laughed tremendously at the idea of Peter's being a man of business; and Peter himself looked thoughtfully at the fire from between his collars, as if he were deliberating what particular investments he should favour when he came into the receipt of that bewildering income. (top)

Cratchit, Tiny Tim ( A Christmas Carol ) Crippled son of Bob Cratchit. The forecast of Tim's death by the Ghosts of Christmas Present and Future is instrumental in Scrooge's reformation after which Tim is afforded proper medical attention and is cured. Dickens based Tiny Tim (and also Paul Dombey Jr) on his sister Fanny's crippled son Henry Burnett Jr. Alas for Tiny Tim, he bore a little crutch, and had his limbs supported by an iron frame. (top)

Creakle, Mr ( David Copperfield ) Severe headmaster of Salem House Academy where David Copperfield first goes to school. He shows up later in the story as a Middlesex Magistrate who gives David and Tommy Traddles a tour of the Pentonville prison. He was based on William Jones, headmaster of Wellington Academy which Dickens attended from 1825-1827. Mr. Creakle's face was fiery, and his eyes were small, and deep in his head; he had thick veins in his forehead, a little nose, and a large chin. He was bald on the top of his head; and had some thin wet-looking hair that was just turning grey, brushed across each temple, so that the two sides interlaced on his forehead. (top)

Creakle, Mrs ( David Copperfield ) Wife of Mr Creakle and more kindhearted than her husband. Thin and quiet. (top)

Creakle, Miss ( David Copperfield ) Daughter of Mr Creakle. Thin and quiet. (top)

Crewler, Caroline ( David Copperfield ) Daughter of Reverend Horace Crewler and Mrs Crewler and sister to Sophy. Very handsome. (top)

Crewler, Reverend Horace ( David Copperfield ) Father of ten children in Devonshire of which the fourth is Sophy. He takes Tommy Traddles' side when his wife comes out strongly against Sophy's marriage. He is an excellent man, most exemplary in every way; and he pointed out to [Mrs Crewler] that she ought, as a Christian, to reconcile herself to the sacrifice (especially as it was so uncertain), and to bear no uncharitable feeling towards me. (top)

Crewler, Louisa ( David Copperfield ) Daughter of Reverend Horace Crewler and Mrs Crewler and sister to Sophy. (top)

Crewler, Lucy ( David Copperfield ) Daughter of Reverend Horace Crewler and Mrs Crewler and sister to Sophy. (top)

Crewler, Margaret ( David Copperfield ) Daughter of Reverend Horace Crewler and Mrs Crewler and sister to Sophy. (top)

Crewler, Mrs ( David Copperfield ) Wife of Reverend Horace Crewler and mother of Sophy, whose marriage to Tommy Traddles she is very much against. She is a very superior woman indeed, but the damp country is not adapted to her constitution, and - in fact, she has lost the use of her limbs. (top)

Crewler, Sarah ( David Copperfield ) Second daughter of Reverend Horace Crewler and Mrs Crewler and sister to Sophy. Sarah has something the matter with her spine, poor girl. The malady will wear out by and by, the doctors say, but in the meantime she has to lie down for a twelvemonth. Sophy nurses her. (top)

Crewler, Sophy ( David Copperfield ) Fourth daughter of Reverend Horace Crewler and Mrs Crewler and fiance of Tommy Traddles. Traddles has trouble gaining permission to marry Sophy because she is indispensible to her large family. Sophy arrives at the house of Dora's aunts, in due course. She has the most agreeable of faces, — not absolutely beautiful, but extraordinarily pleasant, — and is one of the most genial, unaffected, frank, engaging creatures I have ever seen. Traddles presents her to us with great pride; and rubs his hands for ten minutes by the clock, with every individual hair upon his head standing on tiptoe, when I congratulate him in a corner on his choice. (top)

Crimple, David (Crimp) ( Martin Chuzzlewit ) Pawnbroker (Crimp) and later partner with Tigg Montigue in the Anglo-Bengalee Disinterested Loan and Life Assurance Company. After Montigue is murdered he flees the country with the company's money. (top)

Cripples, Mr ( Little Dorrit ) Operates Cripples Evening Academy in the same lodging house where Frederick Dorrit lives. Amy Dorrit attended classes there. (top)

Crisparkle, Canon ( The Mystery of Edwin Drood ) Illustration Minor canon of Cloisterham Cathedral. He takes Neville Landless as a pupil and helps Neville flee to London when suspicion is cast on him for the disappearance of Edwin Drood. Mr. Crisparkle, Minor Canon, early riser, musical, classical, cheerful, kind, good-natured, social, contented, and boy-like. (top)

Crummles, Vincent ( Nicholas Nickleby ) Illustration Manager of a touring stage company who employs and befriends Nicholas Nickleby and Smike. Described as having a very full under-lip, a hoarse voice, as though he were in the habit of shouting very much, and very short black hair, shaved off nearly to the crown of his head--to admit (as he afterwards learnt) of his more easily wearing character wigs of any shape or pattern. (top)

Crummles, Mrs ( Nicholas Nickleby ) Wife of Vincent Crummles and actress in his traveling stage troupe. A stout, portly female, apparently between forty and fifty, in a tarnished silk cloak, with her bonnet dangling by the strings in her hand, and her hair (of which she had a great quantity) braided in a large festoon over each temple. (top)

Crummles, Ninetta ( Nicholas Nickleby ) Daughter of Vincent Crummles and actress in his traveling stage troupe. Billed as the Infant Phenomenon, her acting capability is greatly over-rated by her father. She is listed as 10 years old but is apparently much older. though of short stature, had a comparatively aged countenance, and had moreover been precisely the same age -- not perhaps to the full extent of the memory of the oldest inhabitant, but certainly for five good years. But she had been kept up late every night, and put upon an unlimited allowance of gin-and-water from infancy, to prevent her growing tall, and perhaps this system of training had produced in the infant phenomenon these additional phenomena. (top)

Cruncher, Jerry ( A Tale of Two Cities ) Odd-job-man for Tellson's Bank who moonlights as a body-snatcher. ...evincing a tendency to keep his own counsel, and to keep his hat cocked over his eyes. He had eyes that assorted very well with that decoration, being of a surface black, with no depth in the colour or form, and much too near together—as if they were afraid of being found out in something, singly, if they kept too far apart. They had a sinister expression, under an old cocked-hat like a three-cornered spittoon, and over a great muffler for the chin and throat, which descended nearly to the wearer's knees. When he stopped for drink, he moved this muffler with his left hand, only while he poured his liquor in with his right; as soon as that was done, he muffled again. (top)

Cruncher, Mrs ( A Tale of Two Cities ) Long suffering wife of Jerry Cruncher. She disapproves of his nighttime occupation and is constantly praying (flopping) that he change his ways. Jerry refers to her as aggerawayter (aggravater). A woman of orderly and industrious appearance (top)

Cruncher, Young Jerry ( A Tale of Two Cities ) Son of Jerry Cruncher. Young Jerry accompanies his father during the day's work as messenger for Tellson's Bank. He follows his father on one of his mysterious nighttime "fishing trips" and is frightened by what he sees. His head was garnished with tenderer spikes, and whose young eyes stood close by one another, as his father's did. (top)

Crupp, Mrs ( David Copperfield ) Illustration David Copperfield's brandy-loving landlady at his residence in Buckingham Street. A stout lady with a flounce of flannel petticoat below a nankeen gown...Mrs. Crupp was a martyr to a curious disorder called 'the spazzums', which was generally accompanied with inflammation of the nose, and required to be constantly treated with peppermint...Mrs. Crupp always called me Mr. Copperfull: firstly, no doubt, because it was not my name; and secondly, I am inclined to think, in some indistinct association with a washing-day. (top)

Cute, Alderman ( The Chimes ) City magistrate who is blind to the plight of the poor. Vows to "put down"^ any nonsense claimed by the poor, such as starvation, illness, and suicide. (top)

Cuttle, Captain ( Dombey and Son ) Illustration Seafaring friend of Sol Gills, whose shop he cares for when Sol goes in search of his lost nephew, Walter Gay. Quote: "When found, make a note of." A gentleman in a wide suit of blue, with a hook instead of a hand attached to his right wrist; very bushy black eyebrows; and a thick stick in his left hand, covered all over (like his nose) with knobs. He wore a loose black silk handkerchief round his neck, and such a very large coarse shirt collar, that it looked like a small sail. (top)

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Daisy, Soloman ( Barnaby Rudge ) Clerk and bell-ringer at the parish church in Chigwell. Friend of John Willet at the Maypole Inn. Daisy tells the story of Reuben Haredale's murder. (top)

Darby ( Bleak House ) Constable on duty at Tom-All-Alone's who accompanies Mr Bucket and Mr Snagsby in search of Jo. (top)

Darnay, Charles ( A Tale of Two Cities ) Illustration Son of Marquis de St. Evrémonde. He moves to England and takes the anglicized version of his mother's name (D'Aulnais) in order to distance himself from his family with whom he is estranged. He is tried for treason in London and is acquitted due to his resemblance to Sydney Carton. He marries Lucie Manette, daughter of Dr. Manette. He returns to Paris to help a friend imprisoned there and is arrested by the revolutionaries. His life is saved when look-alike Carton takes his place on the guillotine. A young man of about five-and-twenty, well-grown and well-looking, with a sunburnt cheek and a dark eye. His condition was that of a young gentleman. He was plainly dressed in black, or very dark grey, and his hair, which was long and dark, was gathered in a ribbon at the back of his neck; more to be out of his way than for ornament. (top)

Darnay, Little Lucie ( A Tale of Two Cities ) Daughter of Lucie (Manette) Darnay and Charles Darnay. (top)

Dartle, Rosa ( David Copperfield ) Illustration Companion to Mrs Steerforth, jealously in love with James Steerforth, who has marked her face when a child by throwing a hammer in a fit of temper. Rosa hates Emily for running away with Steerforth. A slight short figure, dark, and not agreeable to look at, but with some appearance of good looks too... I concluded in my own mind that she was about thirty years of age, and that she wished to be married. She was a little dilapidated, like a house, with having been so long to let; yet had, as I have said, an appearance of good looks. Her thinness seemed to be the effect of some wasting fire within her, which found a vent in her gaunt eyes. (top)

Datchery, Dick ( The Mystery of Edwin Drood ) Mysterious visitor to Cloisterham whose white head was unusually large, and his shock of white hair was unusually thick and ample. Datchery keeps an eye on John Jasper after the disappearance of Edwin Drood. The true identity of Datchery is one of the most contested points of the uncompleted mystery. It is widely believed that Datchery is one of the characters in the book in disguise, most likely candidates include Neville, Bazzard, Tartar, Helena, or even Edwin Drood himself. (top)

Dawkins, Jack ( Oliver Twist ) See Artful Dodger (top)

Dedlock, Lady Honoria ( Bleak House ) Illustration Wife of Sir Leicester Dedlock and, unknown to her husband, mother of Esther Summerson. When Tulkinghorn, the family lawyer, learns the secret she runs away and is found dead by Esther at the gates of the cemetery in which Esther's father, Captain Hawdon, lies buried. She has beauty still, and if it be not in its heyday, it is not yet in its autumn. She has a fine face--originally of a character that would be rather called very pretty than handsome, but improved into classicality by the acquired expression of her fashionable state. Her figure is elegant and has the effect of being tall. Not that she is so, but that "the most is made," as the Honourable Bob Stables has frequently asserted upon oath, "of all her points." The same authority observes that she is perfectly got up and remarks in commendation of her hair especially that she is the best-groomed woman in the whole stud. (top)

Dedlock, Sir Leicester ( Bleak House ) Illustration Devoted husband of Lady Dedlock, owner of Chesney Wold, and guardian of the status quo. Sir Leicester is twenty years, full measure, older than my Lady. He will never see sixty-five again, nor perhaps sixty-six, nor yet sixty-seven. He has a twist of the gout now and then and walks a little stiffly. He is of a worthy presence, with his light-grey hair and whiskers, his fine shirt-frill, his pure-white waistcoat, and his blue coat with bright buttons always buttoned. (top)

Dedlock, Volumnia ( Bleak House ) Poor relation of Sir Leicester Dedlock and a hanger-on at Chesney Wold. A young lady (of sixty)...rouged and necklaced. (top)

Defarge, Ernest ( A Tale of Two Cities ) Illustration Husband of Thérése Defarge and keeper of a wine shop in Paris. He is a leader among the revolutionaries. This wine-shop keeper was a bull-necked, martial-looking man of thirty, and he should have been of a hot temperament, for, although it was a bitter day, he wore no coat, but carried one slung over his shoulder. His shirt-sleeves were rolled up, too, and his brown arms were bare to the elbows. Neither did he wear anything more on his head than his own crisply-curling short dark hair. He was a dark man altogether, with good eyes and a good bold breadth between them. Good-humoured looking on the whole, but implacable-looking, too; evidently a man of a strong resolution and a set purpose; a man not desirable to be met, rushing down a narrow pass with a gulf on either side, for nothing would turn the man. (top)

Defarge, Madame Thérése ( A Tale of Two Cities ) Illustration Wife of wine shop keeper, Ernest Defarge, and a leader among the revolutionaries. She harbors an intense hatred of Charles Darnay for atrocities committed against her family by the Evremonde family. Madame Defarge is killed in a struggle with Miss Pross in Paris. Madame Defarge was a stout woman of about his [Ernest Defarge's] own age, with a watchful eye that seldom seemed to look at anything, a large hand heavily ringed, a steady face, strong features, and great composure of manner. There was a character about Madame Defarge, from which one might have predicated that she did not often make mistakes against herself in any of the reckonings over which she presided. Madame Defarge being sensitive to cold, was wrapped in fur, and had a quantity of bright shawl twined about her head, though not to the concealment of her large earrings. (top)

Demple, George ( David Copperfield ) Pupil at Salem House Academy with David Copperfield. George's father is a doctor. (top)

Dennis, Ned ( Barnaby Rudge ) Executioner at Tyburn, becomes involved in the Gordon Riots and is executed. (top)

Deputy (Winks) ( The Mystery of Edwin Drood ) Boy hired by Durdles to throw stones at him when he is wandering drunk at night. Deputy resides at the Traveler's Twopenny. Sometimes the stones hit him, and sometimes they miss him, but Durdles seems indifferent to either fortune. The hideous small boy, on the contrary, whenever he hits Durdles, blows a whistle of triumph through a jagged gap, convenient for the purpose, in the front of his mouth, where half his teeth are wanting; and whenever he misses him, yelps out 'Mulled agin!' and tries to atone for the failure by taking a more correct and vicious aim. (top)

Dick, Mr ( David Copperfield ) Illustration An eccentric connection and confidant of Betsey Trotwood, whom she has rescued from a lunatic asylum. He becomes a close friend of David Copperfield. Real name: Richard Babley. Grey-headed, and florid: I should have said all about him, in saying so, had not his head been curiously bowed - not by age...and his grey eyes prominent and large, with a strange kind of watery brightness in them that made me, in combination with his vacant manner, his submission to my aunt, and his childish delight when she praised him, suspect him of being a little mad; though, if he were mad, how he came to be there puzzled me extremely. He was dressed like any other ordinary gentleman, in a loose grey morning coat and waistcoat, and white trousers; and had his watch in his fob, and his money in his pockets: which he rattled as if he were very proud of it. (top)

Dick ( Oliver Twist ) Oliver's dying little friend in the workhouse. (top)

Dilber, Mrs ( A Christmas Carol ) Scrooge's laundress who sells sheets and towels, a little wearing apparel, two old-fashioned silver teaspoons, a pair of sugar-tongs, and a few boots to Old Joe when Scrooge is shown shadows of the future by the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come. (top)

Dingo, Professor ( Bleak House ) Mrs Badger's second husband. Of European reputation. (top)

Diver, Colonel ( Martin Chuzzlewit ) Illustration Editor of the New York Rowdy Journal. Diver meets Mark and Martin onboard the Screw and directs them to Pawkins boarding house. (top)

Dodson and Fogg ( Pickwick Papers ) Sharp dealing lawyers who dupe Mrs. Bardell into bringing a breach of promise to marry suit against Samuel Pickwick. (top)

Dolloby, Mr ( David Copperfield ) Proprietor of a second-hand clothes shop where David Copperfield sells his waistcoat for ninepence on the Kent Road on his way to Dover. (top)

Dolls, Mr ( Our Mutual Friend ) Drunken father of Jenny Wren whom she refers to as her 'bad child'. (top)

Dombey, Fanny ( Dombey and Son ) First wife of Paul Dombey and mother of Florence and Paul Jr. at who's birth she dies. (top)

Dombey, Florence ( Dombey and Son ) Illustration Neglected daughter of Paul Dombey and sister of little Paul whom she nurses in his illness. She marries Walter Gay and is eventually reconciled with her father. (top)

Dombey, Paul ( Dombey and Son ) Illustration Powerful head of the House of Dombey. He wants a son, and when a daughter (Florence) is born he despises her. His second child, a son (Paul), is weak and sickly and dies a child. Paul's first wife dies with the birth of Paul Jr and he remarries. His second wife, Edith Granger, does not love him and eventually runs away with Carker, a manager at the firm. With Carker gone, Paul is incapable of managing the business and it fails. Paul ends his days reconciled with his daughter and doting on his grandchildren, little Paul, but especially little Florence. (top)

Dombey, Paul Jr. ( Dombey and Son ) Illustration The long hoped-for heir to the house of Dombey and Son. His mother dies at his birth leaving him a frail and sickly child. His father sends him to Brighton in the care of Mrs. Pipchin hoping the sea air will bolster his failing health. He then attends Dr. Blimber's school and his health continues to decline. Paul returns home to London and dies in the care of his sister, Florence, leaving the firm of Dombey and Son without an heir. Dickens modeled Paul (and also Tiny Tim) on his sister Fanny's crippled son Henry Burnett Jr. (top)

Donny, The Misses ( Bleak House ) Twin sisters and owners of Greenleaf, a boarding school near Reading, where Esther Summerson spends "six happy, quiet years." (top)

Dorrit, Amy ( Little Dorrit ) Illustration Daughter of William Dorrit, born in the Marshalsea debtor's prison. She works for Mrs Clennam and befriends Arthur. Her father inherits a fortune and they leave the prison and travel abroad. After her father's death she discovers that the fortune has been lost in a banking scam. She nurses Arthur in the Marshalsea when his fortune is lost in the same banking scam. The novel ends with the marriage of Arthur and Amy at St. Georges Church, next to the prison, the same church where she was christened. (top)

Dorrit, Edward (Tip) ( Little Dorrit ) Ne'er do well brother of Amy Dorrit. (top)

Dorrit, Fanny ( Little Dorrit ) Illustration Sister of Amy. A dancer with social aspirations, Fanny marries Edmund Sparkler, Step-son of Mr. Merdle. Fanny and Sparkler lose everything in the Merdle banking scam. (top)

Dorrit, Frederick ( Little Dorrit ) Illustration Father of Amy Brother of William, Uncle of Fanny, Edward, and Amy. He plays clarionet in a small-time theatre. He is due an inheritance but the knowledge is kept from him by the intrigues of Mrs. Clennam. (top)

Dorrit, William ( Little Dorrit ) Illustration Father of Amy (title character), Fanny, and Edward, and long-time inmate of the Marshalsea debtor's prison. He inherits an estate and leaves the prison, traveling in style with his daughters. After his death Amy learns that his fortune has been lost in the Merdle banking scam. (top)

Dowler ( Pickwick Papers ) Grumpy and fierce ex-army, now businessman who travels with the Pickwickians on the coach to Bath and lodges with them at the Royal Crescent there. He threatens Mr. Winkle with bodily harm when he thinks Winkle has made advances to his pretty wife, but later apologizes. (top)

Doyce, Daniel ( Little Dorrit ) Inventor of an unspecified mechanical wonder which he is unable to get a patent for in the Circumlocution Office. He partners with Arthur Clennam who loses the firm's money in the Merdle scandal. Doyce later sells the invention abroad and returns to liberate Arthur from the Marshalsea. (top)

Drood, Edwin ( The Mystery of Edwin Drood ) Illustration An orphan, Edwin has been promised to Rosa Bud since early childhood. Later Edwin and Rosa rebel against the arrangement. Rosa is also wooed by Edwin's uncle John Jasper. Edwin turns up missing and his watch is found in the river. Jasper hints suspicion of Neville Landless in the disappearance when the novel ends abruptly with the death of Dickens in 1870. (top)

Drummle, Bentley ( Great Expectations ) Pip's fellow student at Matthew Pocket's. He marries Estella for her money and abuses her. He is killed when kicked by a horse that he has mistreated. Bentley Drummle, who was so sulky a fellow that he even took up a book as if its writer had done him an injury, did not take up an acquaintance in a more agreeable spirit. Heavy in figure, movement, and comprehension - in the sluggish complexion of his face, and in the large awkward tongue that seemed to loll about in his mouth as he himself lolled about in a room - he was idle, proud, niggardly, reserved, and suspicious. He came of rich people down in Somersetshire, who had nursed this combination of qualities until they made the discovery that it was just of age and a blockhead. Thus, Bentley Drummle had come to Mr. Pocket when he was a head taller than that gentleman, and half a dozen heads thicker than most gentlemen. (top)

Duff ( Oliver Twist ) Bow Street Runner (London Policemen) who, along with Blathers, investigates the attempted robbery of the Maylie home. A red-headed, bony man, in top-boots; with a rather ill-favoured countenance, and a turned-up sinister-looking nose. (top)

Durdles ( The Mystery of Edwin Drood ) Drunken stonemason who engraves tombstones for Cloisterham Cathedral. John Jasper is interested in Durdles ability to tap on the tombs and discover their contents. Durdles hires Deputy to throw stones at him when he catches him wandering about drunk at night. No man is better known in Cloisterham. He is the chartered libertine of the place. Fame trumpets him a wonderful workman - which, for aught that anybody knows, he may be (as he never works); and a wonderful sot - which everybody knows he is. (top)