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Haggage, Dr ( Little Dorrit ) Doctor at the Marshalsea prison who delivers Amy Dorrit, described as amazingly shabby, in a torn and darned rough-weather sea-jacket, out at elbows and eminently short of buttons (he had been in his time the experienced surgeon carried by a passenger ship), the dirtiest white trousers conceivable by mortal man, carpet slippers, and no visible linen. (top)

Handford, Julius ( Our Mutual Friend ) Alias taken by John Harmon in order to investigate his own supposed drowning. (top)

Haredale, Emma ( Barnaby Rudge ) Illustration Daughter of the murdered Reuben and niece of Geoffrey. She eventually marries Edward Chester (top)

Haredale, Geoffrey ( Barnaby Rudge ) Brother of the murdered Reuben and uncle of Emma. Suspected of being responsible for the murder of his brother, he spends his life in pursuit of the real killer. A Catholic, his house is burned in the Gordon Riots. He fights a duel with Sir John Chester, kills him, and leaves the country. (top)

Haredale, Reuben ( Barnaby Rudge ) Brother of Geoffrey, father of Emma. Murdered before the story begins. (top)

Harmon, John ( Our Mutual Friend ) Illustration Son of a wealthy dust contractor and heir to his fortune if he agrees to marry Bella Wilfer. He is away from England when his father dies and on the way home he is supposed drowned in a case of mistaken identity. With his supposed death the dust fortune goes to Boffin. John gets himself hired into the Boffin home as secretary John Rokesmith. Here he meets Bella and, with the help of the Boffins, wins her love as Rokesmith, and marries her. He later reveals his true identity and regains his fortune. (top)

Harris, Mrs ( Martin Chuzzlewit ) Imaginary friend of Sairey Gamp who uses Mrs Harris's invented quotes to establish Mrs Gamp's good reputation. (top)

Harthouse, James ( Hard Times ) Illustration A Parliamentary candidate visiting Coketown, he befriends Tom Gradgrind in an attempt to seduce his sister, Louisa, who is in an unhappy marriage to Bounderby. As a result of the attempted seduction Louisa runs home to her father and refuses to return to Bounderby and is later disowned by him. Harthouse, warned by Sissy, leaves town. Five and thirty, good-looking, good figure, good teeth, good voice, good breeding, well-dressed, dark hair, bold eyes...who had tried life as a Cornet of Dragoons, and found it a bore; and had afterwards tried it in the train of an English minister abroad, and found it a bore; and had then strolled to Jerusalem, and got bored there; and had then gone yachting about the world, and got bored everywhere. (top)

Havisham, Miss ( Great Expectations ) Illustration A very rich and grim old woman who lives in seclusion at Satis House. She is the guardian of Estella whom she teaches to break men's hearts to avenge her own being left at the altar by Compeyson years before. She continues to wear her wedding dress and her room contains the yellowing remnants of the wedding day including the mouldy wedding cake. Pip goes to Miss Havisham's to play and meets Estella. Pip believes Miss Havisham is his secret benefactor as he goes to London and becomes a gentleman, finding out later that the convict Magwitch has supplied his "Expectations". Miss Havisham is injured when Satis House burns, she later dies of her injuries and leaves her fortune to Estella. An immensely rich and grim lady...She was dressed in rich materials,—satins, and lace, and silks,—all of white. Her shoes were white. And she had a long white veil dependent from her hair, and she had bridal flowers in her hair, but her hair was white. Some bright jewels sparkled on her neck and on her hands, and some other jewels lay sparkling on the table. Dresses, less splendid than the dress she wore, and half-packed trunks, were scattered about. She had not quite finished dressing, for she had but one shoe on,—the other was on the table near her hand,—her veil was but half arranged, her watch and chain were not put on, and some lace for her bosom lay with those trinkets, and with her handkerchief, and gloves, and some flowers, and a Prayer-Book all confusedly heaped about the looking-glass. (top)

Havisham, Arthur ( Great Expectations ) Miss Havisham's drunken brother who plots with Compeyson to gain his sister's fortune. (top)

Hawdon, Captain ( Bleak House ) See Nemo (top)

Hawk, Sir Mulberry ( Nicholas Nickleby ) Illustration Business associate of Ralph Nickleby. Makes advances to Kate Nickleby and is thrashed by Nicholas. When his revenge is opposed by Lord Verisopht they duel and Verisopht is killed. Hawk flees to France. (top)

Headstone, Bradley ( Our Mutual Friend ) A school teacher and master of the boys department of a school on the borders of Kent and Surrey. Charlie Hexam becomes Headstone's pupil and Bradley becomes obsessed with Charley's sister Lizzie. Lizzie wants nothing to do with him and he becomes jealous of Eugene Wrayburn who also has eyes for Lizzie. He attempts to murder Wrayburn and believes he has been successful. Rogue Riderhood discovers the supposed murder and attempts to blackmail Headstone. In a later confrontation, Riderhood and Headstone are both drowned. (top)

Heathfield, Alfred ( The Battle of Life ) Ward of Dr. Jeddler who loves the doctor's youngest daughter, Marion. Marion runs away that her sister, Grace, may marry Alfred. Alfred becomes a doctor for the poor. (top)

Heep, Mr ( David Copperfield ) Deceased father of Uriah Heep, who had the "umble" calling of sexton in life. Uriah describes him as A partaker of glory at present. (top)

Heep, Mrs ( David Copperfield ) Illustration Widowed mother of Uriah Heep, she is as "umble" as her son, whom she dotes on. A dead image of Uriah, only short. (top)

Heep, Uriah ( David Copperfield ) Illustration A hypocritical clerk of Mr. Wickfield's who is continually citing his humbleness. He deviously plots to ruin Wickfield but is later undone by Mr. Micawber. A red-haired person - a youth of fifteen, as I take it now, but looking much older - whose hair was cropped as close as the closest stubble; who had hardly any eyebrows, and no eyelashes, and eyes of a red-brown, so unsheltered and unshaded, that I remember wondering how he went to sleep. He was high-shouldered and bony; dressed in decent black, with a white wisp of a neckcloth; buttoned up to the throat; and had a long, lank, skeleton hand, which particularly attracted my attention, as he stood at the pony's head, rubbing his chin with it, and looking up at us in the chaise. He had a way of writhing when he wanted to express enthusiasm, which was very ugly. Uriah Heep, wonderfully hideous, is one of Dickens' greatest triumphs in character creation. His description of Heep's writhing and scheming, and his cold, clammy nature, makes one's skin crawl. (top)

Hexam, Charlie ( Our Mutual Friend ) Son of Gaffer and brother to Lizzie. Charlie is educated by Bradley Headstone and supports Headstone's advances toward his sister. When Lizzie refuses to marry Headstone Charlie rejects her. (top)

Hexam, Gaffer ( Our Mutual Friend ) Illustration Waterman, father of Lizzie and Charlie, who plies the Thames looking for dead bodies. He finds a body thought to be John Harmon, the central character in the story. (top)

Hexam, Lizzie ( Our Mutual Friend ) Illustration Daughter of waterman Gaffer Hexam and sister of Charlie. She is opposed to her father's business of combing the Thames looking for drowned bodies but is true to him. When her father drowns she goes to live with Jenny Wren. Lizzie rejects the advances of schoolmaster Bradley Headstone and opposes the attention of Eugene Wrayburn, although she loves him, because they come from different classes of society. She runs away from London to a mill up the river. Wrayburn succeeds in finding her and is followed by Headstone who attempts to murder Wrayburn. Lizzie rescues Wrayburn and later marries him. (top)

Higden, Betty ( Our Mutual Friend ) Old woman who operates a 'minding school', for orphans and other children. She is adamant about earning her keep and staying away from the workhouse. When an orphan in her keep dies she hits the road and earns a living doing needlework. She dies in the arms of Lizzie Hexam who promises not to take her to the workhouse. Dickens uses the character to illustrate the horror many of the truly needy had of the workhouse system. (top)

Hominy, Mrs ( Martin Chuzzlewit ) Conceited American literary lady Martin is forced to accompany on the first leg of the trip to Eden. (top)

Honeythunder, Luke ( The Mystery of Edwin Drood ) Loud, overbearing philanthropist and guardian of Neville and Helena Landless. (top)

Hopkins, Captain ( David Copperfield ) Prisoner at the King's Bench Prison who lives in the room above Mr Micawber. In the last extremity of shabbiness, with large whiskers, and an old, old brown great-coat with no other coat below it. (top)

Hortense ( Bleak House ) Lady Dedlock's French maid. She is dismissed in favor of Rosa and aids lawyer Tulkinghorn in discovering Lady Dedlock's secret. When Tulkinghorn spurns her she murders him. a Frenchwoman of two and thirty, from somewhere in the southern country about Avignon and Marseilles, a large-eyed brown woman with black hair who would be handsome but for a certain feline mouth and general uncomfortable tightness of face, rendering the jaws too eager and the skull too prominent. There is something indefinably keen and wan about her anatomy, and she has a watchful way of looking out of the corners of her eyes without turning her head which could be pleasantly dispensed with, especially when she is in an ill humour and near knives. Hortense is based on Mrs Manning, a murderer whose execution Dickens witnessed in 1849. (top)

Howler, Rev Melchisedech ( Dombey and Son ) "Ranting" minister of whom Mrs MacStinger was an adherent. He predicts the end of the world in two year's time. When it doesn't happen he gives the world another two years. He performs the marriage of Mrs MacStinger to Jack Bunsby. (top)

Hubbles, Mr ( Great Expectations ) Friend of the Gargerys, Mr Hubble is the village wheelwright. A tough high-shouldered stooping old man, of a sawdusty fragrance, with his legs extraordinarily wide apart: so that in my short days I always saw some miles of open country between them when I met him coming up the lane. (top)

Hubbles, Mrs ( Great Expectations ) Wife of Mr Hubble the village wheelwright and friend of the Gargerys. A little curly sharp-edged person in sky-blue, who held a conventionally juvenile position, because she had married Mr. Hubble - I don't know at what remote period - when she was much younger than he. (top)

Hugh ( Barnaby Rudge ) Illustration Hostler at the Maypole. Joins the rioters in London and is later hanged. Revealed to be the son of Sir John Chester. (top)

Hutley, Jemmy (Dismal Jemmy) ( Pickwick Papers ) Job Trotter's brother, a strolling actor who regales the Pickwickians with 'The Stroller's Tale' at the Bull Inn in Rochester. 'A careworn-looking man', he emigrates to America. (top)



Jackson, Michael ( Bleak House ) Mr. Bucket's imaginary out-of-work informant with a blue welveteen waistcoat with a double row of mother of pearl buttons. (top)

Jacques ( A Tale of Two Cities ) Name taken by Ernest Defarge and his fellow revolutionaries. From the word jacquerie meaning a peasant uprising. (top)

Jaggers ( Great Expectations ) Illustration Lawyer who serves Miss Havisham and Magwitch. It is through Jaggers that Pip receives the benefits of the great expectations that he assumes are from Miss Havisham. Pip later discovers the convict Magwitch has been his benefactor. He was a burly man of an exceedingly dark complexion, with an exceedingly large head and a corresponding large hand. He took my chin in his large hand and turned up my face to have a look at me by the light of the candle. He was prematurely bald on the top of his head, and had bushy black eyebrows that wouldn't lie down but stood up bristling. His eyes were set very deep in his head, and were disagreeably sharp and suspicious. He had a large watchchain, and strong black dots where his beard and whiskers would have been if he had let them. (top)

Janet ( David Copperfield ) Betsey Trotwood's maid. After Betsey's financial ruin Janet goes into the employ of Doctor Strong. She later marries a tavern keeper. A pretty blooming girl of about nineteen or twenty. (top)

Mrs Jarley ( The Old Curiosity Shop ) Illustration Proprietor of a traveling waxwork who employs Nell and her grandfather. When the grandfather schemes to steal from Mrs Jarley, in order to support a gambling habit, Nell persuades him that they should take to the road again. (top)

Jarndyce, John ( Bleak House ) Illustration Owner of Bleak House and party in the Chancery suit of Jarndyce and Jarndyce. He adopts Esther Summerson who becomes close friends with John's cousins, Ada Clare and Richard Carstone. John hates the lawsuit which has gone on for so long with no end in sight. Richard, however, becomes consumed with the case hoping it will make him his fortune. This obsession causes Carstone and Jarndyce to suffer a falling out. Jarndyce falls in love with Esther and proposes marriage, she accepts out of respect for him. Jarndyce later finds that Esther is in love with Woodcourt and releases her from their engagement. A handsome, lively, quick face, full of change and motion; and his hair was a silvered iron-grey. I took him to be nearer sixty than fifty, but he was upright, hearty, and robust. (top)

Jarndyce, John ( Bleak House ) Relative of John Jarndyce who becomes so despondent in the Jarndyce and Jarndyce court case that he blew his brains out in a coffee-house in Chancery Lane. (top)

Jasper, John ( The Mystery of Edwin Drood ) Illustration Uncle of Edwin Drood who has an opium habit. He cares for his nephew but harbors secret feelings for Edwin's fiancee Rosa Bud. Edwin disappears and the story ends prematurely with Dickens death but many believe that it was Jasper who killed Edwin Drood. A dark man of some six-and-twenty, with thick, lustrous, well-arranged black hair and whiskers. He looks older than he is, as dark men often do. His voice is deep and good, his face and figure are good, his manner is a little sombre. His room is a little sombre, and may have had its influence in forming his manner. (top)

Jeddler, Dr. Anthony ( The Battle of Life ) Country doctor whose view of life is altered by the sacrifices made by his youngest daughter, Marion, for her sister, Grace. (top)

Jeddler, Grace ( The Battle of Life ) Older daughter of Dr. Jeddler. She is the recipient of the sacrifice of her younger sister Marion, who runs away that Grace may marry her beau Alfred Heathfield. (top)

Jeddler, Marion ( The Battle of Life ) Younger daughter of Dr. Jeddler. She runs away to live with her Aunt Martha that her sister Grace may marry Alfred Heathfield. (top)

Jeddler, Martha ( The Battle of Life ) Maiden sister of Dr. Jeddler. The doctor's younger daughter, Marion, runs away and secretly lives with Martha. (top)

Jellyby, Mrs. ( Bleak House ) Mrs. Jellyby is involved in many causes and charities but neglects her large family. Her eldest daughter, Caddy, marries Prince Turveydrop, the dance instructor. Dickens modeled Mrs Jellyby on Caroline Chisholm. A lady of very remarkable strength of character who devotes herself entirely to the public. She has devoted herself to an extensive variety of public subjects at various times and is at present (until something else attracts her) devoted to the subject of Africa, with a view to the general cultivation of the coffee berry--AND the natives--and the happy settlement, on the banks of the African rivers, of our superabundant home population...She was a pretty, very diminutive, plump woman of from forty to fifty, with handsome eyes, though they had a curious habit of seeming to look a long way off. As if...they could see nothing nearer than Africa! (top)

Jellyby, Caroline (Caddy) ( Bleak House ) Illustration Neglected daughter of Mrs Jellyby and her personal secretary ("I'm pen and ink to ma"). Caddy leaves home and marries Prince Turveydrop. A jaded and unhealthy-looking though by no means plain girl at the writing-table, who sat biting the feather of her pen and staring at us. I suppose nobody ever was in such a state of ink. And from her tumbled hair to her pretty feet, which were disfigured with frayed and broken satin slippers trodden down at heel, she really seemed to have no article of dress upon her, from a pin upwards, that was in its proper condition or its right place. (top)

Jellyby, Mr. ( Bleak House ) Unhappy husband of Mrs Jellyby. A mild bald gentleman in spectacles. (top)

Jellyby, Peepy ( Bleak House ) Child of Mrs Jellyby for whom Esther takes compassion and describes as one of the dirtiest little unfortunates I ever saw. (top)

Jenny ( Bleak House ) Brickmaker's wife, befriended by Esther Summerson after Jenny's child dies. Later exchanges coats with Lady Dedlock, throwing Bucket off in his pursuit of Lady Dedlock as she flees following the revealing of her secret. A woman with a black eye, nursing a poor little gasping baby by the fire. (top)

Jingle, Alfred ( Pickwick Papers ) Illustration A wandering rascal who befriends Mr. Pickwick and accompanies the group to the Wardle home at Dingley Dell. He entices Miss Rachel to elope with him and is run down and bought off by Rachel's brother. Pickwick later finds a penitent Jingle in the Fleet Prison, pays his debt, and sends him and his servant, Job Trotter, off to Demerara, an area of Guyana, to turn over a new leaf. (top)

Jiniwin, Mrs ( The Old Curiosity Shop ) Mother of Betsy Quilp and mother-in-law to Daniel Quilp. Mrs Jiniwin makes feigned attempts to defy Quilp but is terrified of him. (top)

Jinkins, Mr ( Martin Chuzzlewit ) Oldest boarder at Todger's Boarding House. A fish-salesman and book-keeper aged forty. (top)

Jo ( Bleak House ) Illustration The crossing sweeper. When Jo shows Lady Dedlock the haunts of Captain Hawdon, lawyer Tulkinghorn has Jo kept moving from place to place. He befriends Esther Summerson at Bleak House and communicates smallpox to Charley, and then Esther. Jo later dies at the shooting gallery of George Rouncewell. Don't know that Jo is short for a longer name. Thinks it long enough for HIM. HE don't find no fault with it. Spell it? No. HE can't spell it. No father, no mother, no friends. Never been to school. What's home? Knows a broom's a broom, and knows it's wicked to tell a lie. Don't recollect who told him about the broom or about the lie, but knows both. Can't exactly say what'll be done to him arter he's dead if he tells a lie to the gentlemen here, but believes it'll be something wery bad to punish him, and serve him right--and so he'll tell the truth. (top)

Jobling, Dr. ( Martin Chuzzlewit ) Medical officer for the Anglo-Bengalee Disinterested Loan and Life Assurance Company. Dr Jobling takes the company's money but distances himself from its Board. (top)

Jobling, Tony (Weevle) ( Bleak House ) Illustration Friend of Guppy who takes Nemo's room at Krook's after Nemo's death. Jobling and Guppy discover the spectacular death of Krook and are temporary celebrities, drinking for free at the Sol's Arms. His hat presents at the rims a peculiar appearance of a glistening nature, as if it had been a favourite snail-promenade. The same phenomenon is visible on some parts of his coat, and particularly at the seams. He has the faded appearance of a gentleman in embarrassed circumstances; even his light whiskers droop with something of a shabby air. (top)

Joe (The Fat Boy) ( Pickwick Papers ) Illustration Servant of Mr. Wardle, has an amazing ability to fall asleep anytime, unless he's eating. (top)

Joe ( Oliver Twist ) Waiter who harasses Nancy at the hotel where she goes to give Rose Maylie information about Oliver. (top)

Joe ( A Tale of Two Cities ) Guard on the Dover mail coach. (top)

Jones, Master ( David Copperfield ) Boy at Doctor Strong's school whom Miss Shepherd has a preference for over David Copperfield. A boy of no merit whatever! (top)

Joram, Joe ( David Copperfield ) Son of Minnie and Joram and grandson of Mr Omer. (top)

Joram, Minnie ( David Copperfield ) Daughter of Minnie and Joram and granddaughter of Mr Omer. A pretty little girl with long, flaxen, curling hair. (top)

Joram ( David Copperfield ) Coffin maker in Mr Omer's undertaker business. He later marries Omer's daughter Minnie and takes over the business. A good-looking young fellow. (top)

Joe, Old ( A Christmas Carol ) Fence who buys Scrooge's belongings from Mrs Dilber, the charwoman, and the undertaker's man when Scrooge is shown the future by the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come. A grey-haired rascal, nearly seventy years of age; who had screened himself from the cold air without, by a frousy curtaining of miscellaneous tatters, hung upon a line; and smoked his pipe in all the luxury of calm retirement. (top)

John ( Dombey and Son ) A poor laborer who Florence Dombey meets while visiting the Skettles. Father of Martha. (top)

Johnson ( Dombey and Son ) Student at Dr Blimber's school. (top)

Jollson, Mrs ( Dombey and Son ) Mrs MacStinger's predecessor at number 9 Brig Place, India Docks. (top)

Jorkins ( David Copperfield ) Partner to Mr Spenlow who plays the heavy in the business. A mild man of a heavy temperament, whose place in the business was to keep himself in the background, and be constantly exhibited by name as the most obdurate and ruthless of men. And Later: Mr. Jorkins was not by any means the awful creature one might have expected, but a large, mild, smooth-faced man of sixty, who took so much snuff that there was a tradition in the Commons that he lived principally on that stimulant, having little room in his system for any other article of diet. (top)

Jupe, Cecilia (Sissy) ( Hard Times ) Daughter of Signor Jupe, a clown in Sleary's circus, who is deserted by her father and taken in by Gradgrind where she befriends Louisa. Sissy is instumental in teaching the Gradgrind family that hard facts must be tempered with love and forebearance. So dark-eyed and dark-haired, that she seemed to receive a deeper and more lustrous colour from the sun, when it shone upon her. (top)

Jupe, Signor ( Hard Times ) A clown in Sleary's circus. Feeling himself washed up in the circus he takes off with his dog, Merrylegs, and never returns, leaving his distraught daughter, Sissy, to fend for herself. (top)


Kags ( Oliver Twist ) Criminal who has returned illegally after being transported (punishable by death). He is hiding out at Toby Crackit's crib on Jacob's Island. A robber of fifty years, whose nose had been almost beaten in, in some old scuffle, and whose face bore a frightful scar which might probably be traced to the same occasion. (top)

Kate ( Dombey and Son ) An orphan that Florence Dombey meets at the Skettles's (top)

Kedgick, Captain ( Martin Chuzzlewit ) Landlord of the National Hotel where Mark and Martin stay on their way to and from Eden. (top)

Kenge ( Bleak House ) Solicitor for John Jarndyce in the firm Kenge and Carboy. Known as 'Conversation Kenge'. A portly, important-looking gentleman, dressed all in black, with a white cravat, large gold watch seals, a pair of gold eye-glasses, and a large seal-ring upon his little finger. (top)

Kenwigs ( Nicholas Nickleby ) Neighbors of Newman Noggs. Nicholas tutors their three daughters. Mrs Kenwigs' uncle, Mr Lillyvick, is a well-to-do collector of water rates and the family hopes to eventually profit from this relation. Their expectations are dashed when Lillyvick marries actress Henrietta Petowker and are revived when she runs away with a retired navy captain. (top)

Kidderminster, Master (Cupid) ( Hard Times ) Performer in Sleary's circus troupe. A diminutive boy with an old face...Made up with curls, wreaths, wings, white bismuth, and carmine, this hopeful young person soared into so pleasing a Cupid as to constitute the chief delight of the maternal part of the spectators; but in private, where his characteristics were a precocious cutaway coat and an extremely gruff voice, he became of the Turf, turfy. (top)

Kidgerbury, Mrs. ( David Copperfield ) Maid (at intervals) to David and Dora Copperfield. The oldest inhabitant of Kentish Town, I believe, who went out charing, but was too feeble to execute her conceptions of that art. (top)

Kitt, Miss ( David Copperfield ) The "pretty creature in pink, with the little eyes" whom David Copperfield flirts with in an attempt to make Dora Spenlow jealous at her birthday party. (top)

Krook ( Bleak House ) Illustration Drunken and illiterate proprietor of a rag and bottle shop. Known as the 'Lord Chancellor', Krook collects court documents. A will, instrumental in the Jarndyce and Jarndyce court case, is found among his holdings by Mr Smallweed who inherits Krook's possessions after his demise by spontaneous combustion. Krook is Mrs Smallweed's brother. An old man in spectacles and a hairy cap was carrying about in the shop. Turning towards the door, he now caught sight of us. He was short, cadaverous, and withered, with his head sunk sideways between his shoulders and the breath issuing in visible smoke from his mouth as if he were on fire within. His throat, chin, and eyebrows were so frosted with white hairs and so gnarled with veins and puckered skin that he looked from his breast upward like some old root in a fall of snow. (top)