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Charles Dickens
   wrote   
Dombey and Son
Deals with the then-prevalent practice of arranged marriages for financial gain or as a form of slavery
Major Joseph Bagstock
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
Dombey and Son
Neighbor of Miss Tox and friend of Paul Dombey who introduces Paul to Edith Granger and Mrs Skewton. The Major describes himself as "tough, Sir, tough, and de-vilish sly!"
Dr Blimber
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
Dombey and Son
Headmaster of the school in Brighton where Paul Dombey Jr attends. Blimber is assisted at the school by his wife and daughter Cornelia. Dickens describes Blimber as "a portly gentleman in a suit of black, with strings at the knees, and stockings below them. He had a bald head, highly polished; a deep voice; and a chin so very double, that it was a wonder how he ever managed to shave into the creases.
Mr Brogley
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
Dombey and Son
Second Hand furniture broker with a shop in Bishopsgate Street. Brogley takes possession of the Wooden Midshipman when Sol Gills cannot pay his debts. Sol is loaned money from Paul Dombey to pay the debt. Walter Gay stays with Brogley when he returns from being shipwrecked.
Good Mrs Brown
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
Dombey and Son
An ugly old rag and bone vendor and mother of Alice Marwood (Brown). She kidnaps Florence Dombey and steals her clothes. Later she helps Dombey find out where Carker and Edith have eloped to. Dickens describes Good Mrs Brown as a "very ugly old woman, with red rims round her eyes, and a mouth that mumbled and chattered of itself when she was not speaking".
Alice Brown
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
Dombey and Son
Alice (alias Marwood) Brown. Daughter of Good Mrs Brown and cousin of Edith Granger.
Jack Bunsby
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
Dombey and Son
Seafaring friend of Captain Cuttle whom is always called in times of crisis for advise. The advise given confounds everyone listening except his friend Cuttle, who values it immensely. Bunsby is later trapped into marriage by Mrs MacStinger. Bunsby's ship is the Cautious Clara. Bunsby is described by Dickens as having "one stationary eye in the mahogany face, and one rovolving one, on the principle of some lighthouses".
Harriet Carker
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
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.
James Carker
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
Dombey and Son
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. Dickens describes Carker as "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".
John Carker
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
Dombey and Son
Older brother of James although called "the Younger" because of his low position at the firm of Dombey and Son. He is looked upon with scorn by his older brother because he embezzled money from the firm when a young man. Harriet Carker is his sister.
Louisa Chick
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
Dombey and Son
Sister of Paul Dombey Sr. and friend to Mrs Tox. Quote: Make an effort.
Captain Cuttle
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
Dombey and Son
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. Dickens describes Captain Cuttle as "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".
Fanny Dombey
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
Dombey and Son
First wife of Paul Dombey and mother of Florence and Paul Jr. at whose birth she dies.
Florence Dombey
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
Dombey and Son
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.
Paul Dombey
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
Dombey and Son
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.
Paul Jr. Dombey
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
Dombey and Son
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.
Mr Feeder
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
Dombey and Son
Assistant to Dr Blimber at the school in Brighton where Paul Dombey Jr attends. Later marries Blimber's daughter Cornelia and takes over the management of the school.
Walter Gay
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
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Sol Gill's nephew, he is employed in the house of Dombey and Son. Walter befriends Florence Dombey and her father is displeased and sends him to the firm's branch in Barbados. The ship in which he sails is lost and Sol goes to search for him. Walter returns and marries Florence. Mr Dombey, after the failure of the house, goes to live with Walter and Florence.
Soloman Gills
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
Dombey and Son
Uncle of Walter Gay and owner of a ship's chandler shop called "The Wooden Midshipman". When Walter's ship is lost at sea Solomon goes in search of him, leaving the care of the shop to his friend, Capt. Cuttle.
Edith Granger
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
Dombey and Son
Paul Dombey's second wife is the widow of Colonel Granger and the daughter of Mr's Skewton. She marries Dombey but does not love him. She later elopes with Carker, a manager at Dombey's firm, to punish her husband.
Mrs MacStinger
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
Dombey and Son
Captain Cuttle's widowed landlady at Brig Place. The Captain is terrified of her and is constantly trying to avoid her. She eventually coerces the Captain's friend, Jack Bunsby, into marriage.
Mr Morfin
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
Dombey and Son
Assistant manager at Dombey and Son. Morfin aids John Carker when he overhears John's mistreatment at the hands of his brother James. Morfin later marries Harriet Carker.
The Native
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
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Indian servant of Major Joe Bagstock.
Susan Nipper
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
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Florence Dombey's maid who is discharged when she confronts Paul Dombey about his treatment of Florence. She later marries Toots. Dickens describes Susan as "a short, brown womanly girl, with a little snub nose, and black eyes like jet beads".
Perch
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
Dombey and Son
Messenger at the firm of Dombey and Son. He and his Wife live at Ball's Pond, a suburb on the northern edge of London.
Mrs Pipchin
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
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Cantankerous operator of a boarding house in Brighton when Paul jr and Florence are sent there for Paul's health. Later becomes Mr Dombey's housekeeper. Considers herself ill-used because her husband was killed, 40 years earlier, in the Peruvian Mines. Dickens modeled Pipchin on Mrs Roylance, Dickens' landlady in London when his father was imprisoned for debt.
Mrs (Cleopatra) Skewton
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
Dombey and Son
Mother of Edith Granger who is 70 years old but tries to appear much younger through the use of cosmetics and various devices. Dickens describes Mrs Skewton, in being dismantled for bed by her maid, taking off of paint, clothes, wig, etc as being "tumbled into ruins like a house of painted cards". Edith resents her mother who has packaged Edith to lure rich gentlemen from a child.
Polly (Richards) Toodle
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
Dombey and Son
Little Paul Dombey's nurse, known in the Dombey household as Richards. She is dismissed when she takes Paul to visit her family in a poorer section of London. She re-enters the story when Captain Cuttle asked her to look after Sol Gill's Shop, the Wooden Midshipman. She is the mother of Rob the Grinder who falls in with bad company and becomes a minor villain in the story. Dickens describes Polly as a "plump rosy-cheeked wholesome apple-faced young woman".
Toots
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
Dombey and Son
Scatterbrained classmate of Paul Dombey Jr at Dr Blimber's Academy. Toots falls helplessly in love with Florence Dombey and pursues her, in his absentminded way, until Florence marries Walter Gay. In the end Toots marries Susan Nipper. Quote: "it's of no consequence".
Lucretia Tox
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
Dombey and Son
Paul Dombey Sr's sister, Mrs Chick's, friend. She has designs to marry Paul Sr. after his first wife dies. Paul marries Mrs Granger instead, breaking Miss Tox's heart, but she stays loyal to him through later hardships. Dickens describes her as "a long lean figure, wearing such a faded air that she seemed not to have been made in what linen-drapers call 'fast colours' originally, and to have, by little and little, washed out".
Mrs Wickham
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
Dombey and Son
Paul Dombey Jrs' nurse after Polly Toodle is discharged.
Dr Blimber
   appears in the Dickens' novel   
Dombey and Son
Headmaster of the school in Brighton where Paul Dombey Jr attends. Blimber is assisted at the school by his wife and daughter Cornelia. Dickens describes Blimber as "a portly gentleman in a suit of black, with strings at the knees, and stockings below them. He had a bald head, highly polished; a deep voice; and a chin so very double, that it was a wonder how he ever managed to shave into the creases.
Fanny Dombey
   appears in the Dickens' novel   
Dombey and Son
First wife of Paul Dombey and mother of Florence and Paul Jr. at whose birth she dies.
Florence Dombey
   appears in the Dickens' novel   
Dombey and Son
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.
Harriet Carker
   appears in the Dickens' novel   
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.
Major Joseph Bagstock
   appears in the Dickens' novel   
Dombey and Son
Neighbor of Miss Tox and friend of Paul Dombey who introduces Paul to Edith Granger and Mrs Skewton. The Major describes himself as "tough, Sir, tough, and de-vilish sly!"
Mr Morfin
   appears in the Dickens' novel   
Dombey and Son
Assistant manager at Dombey and Son. Morfin aids John Carker when he overhears John's mistreatment at the hands of his brother James. Morfin later marries Harriet Carker.
Paul Dombey
   appears in the Dickens' novel   
Dombey and Son
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.
Paul Jr. Dombey
   appears in the Dickens' novel   
Dombey and Son
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.
Toots
   appears in the Dickens' novel   
Dombey and Son
Scatterbrained classmate of Paul Dombey Jr at Dr Blimber's Academy. Toots falls helplessly in love with Florence Dombey and pursues her, in his absentminded way, until Florence marries Walter Gay. In the end Toots marries Susan Nipper. Quote: "it's of no consequence".






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