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Cricket on the Hearth


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May Fielding
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
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Former lover of Edward Plummer, she is reunited with him after nearly marrying Tackleton at the urging of her mother, Mrs Fielding.
John Peerybingle
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
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Carrier, deliverer of goods, who is much older than his wife, Mary.
Mary (Dot) Peerybingle
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
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Mary is the much younger wife of John. She is called Dot due to her small size and dumpling shape. Her parents are Old Dot and Mrs Dot, both also small. Mary works to reunite old lovers May Fielding and Edward Plummer. Mary.
Bertha Plummer
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
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Blind daughter of poor toymaker, Caleb Plummer. To help ease Bertha's way Caleb has made her believe that the unfeeling Tackleton is their kind friend and the unknowing Bertha falls in love with him.
Caleb Plummer
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
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Poor toymaker who works for the hard-hearted Tackleton. Acting as the eyes of his blind daughter, Bertha, he tenderly embellishes their humble home and ragged clothes and makes her believe that the unfeeling Tackleton is their friend.
Edward Plummer
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
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Son of Caleb and sister to Bertha. Edward was the former lover of May Fielding, went away to sea, and was supposed dead. With the help of Mary Peerybingle, he is reunited with May on the day she is supposed to marry Tackleton.
Tilly Slowboy
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
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Angular and clumsy nurse to the Peerybingle's infant son.
Tackleton
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
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Known as Gruff and Tackleton, the name of his toymaking business. He is the Scrooge of the story, a hard-hearted, unfeeling man who has lived off of children all his life. He is the employer of Caleb Plummer and schemes to marry May Fielding. Like Scrooge, he softens at the end of the story.
The Cricket on the Hearth by Charles Dickens
   was titled from the literary source   
Il Penseroso
John Milton






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