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Charles Dickens
   wrote   
Little Dorrit
A satire on debtor's prisons - each issue of Little Dorrit's 19 installments cost one shilling (except the last which cost two)
Mrs Bangham
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
Little Dorrit
Charwoman and messenger at the Marshalsea prison. She attends the birth of Amy Dorrit.
Barnacles
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
Little Dorrit
Family that controls the Circumlocution Office, where everything goes round in circles, and nothing ever gets done. Includes Lord Decimus Tite Barnacle, his wife, Lady Jemima Bilberry, nephew Tite Barnacle, and his son Clarence Barnacle (Barnacle Junior).
Christopher Casby
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
Little Dorrit
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.
John Baptist Cavalletto
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
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.
Mrs Chivery
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
Little Dorrit
One of the turnkeys (jailors) at the Marshalsea. Mrs Chivery runs a tobacco shop around the corner from the Marshalsea on Horsemonger Lane.
John Chivery
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
Little Dorrit
One of the turnkeys (jailors) at the Marshalsea.
Young John
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
Little Dorrit
One of the turnkeys (jailors) at the Marshalsea. Young John loves Amy Dorrit and assists in finding her father's fortune.
Arthur Clennam
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
Little Dorrit
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.
Mrs Clennam
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
Little Dorrit
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.
Mr Cripples
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
Little Dorrit
Operates Cripples Evening Academy in the same lodging house where Frederick Dorrit lives. Amy Dorrit attended classes there.
Amy Dorrit
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
Little Dorrit
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.
Edward (Tip) Dorrit
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
Little Dorrit
Ne'er do well brother of Amy Dorrit.
Fanny Dorrit
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
Little Dorrit
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.
Frederick Dorrit
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
Little Dorrit
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.
William Dorrit
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
Little Dorrit
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.
Daniel Doyce
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
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.
Flora Finching
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
Little Dorrit
Daughter of Casby and former sweetheart of Arthur Clennam who reappears 20 years later and "grown to be very broad, and short of breath". Dickens modeled the character of Flora after his own early sweetheart, Maria Beadnell, who reappears later in Dickens life not quite the way he remembered her.
Jeremiah Flintwinch
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
Little Dorrit
Mrs Clennam's clerk whom her son Arthur relinquishes his share of the family business. He intrigues with his twin brother Ephraim against Mrs Clennam. Husband of Affery.
Ephraim Flintwinch
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
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Twin brother of Jeremiah with whom he intrigues against Mrs Clennam.
Affery Flintwinch
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
Little Dorrit
Wife of Mrs Clennam's clerk who sees the evil doings of the house in dreams.
Mrs General
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
Little Dorrit
Matron hired as chaperone to 'varnish' Amy and Fanny Dorrit. She admonishes the girls that reciting "Papa, potatoes, poultry, prunes and prism" is good for the lips. She has designs on William Dorrit but he dies before he can propose.
Henry Gowan
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
Little Dorrit
Untalented artist who marries Pet Meagles against her parents wishes. Henry's snobbish mother feigns disappointment at her son's marrying beneath himself. Gowan had earlier jilted Miss Wade.
Dr Haggage
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
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.
Maggy
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
Little Dorrit
Mentally retarded granddaughter of Mrs Bangham and faithful friend of Amy Dorrit. "She was about eight-and-twenty, with large bones , large features, large feet and hands, large eyes and no hair".
Mr and Mrs Meagles
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
Little Dorrit
Kindhearted retired banker Mr Meagles, his wife and daughter, Pet, befriend Arthur Clennam, Amy Dorrit, and Daniel Doyce. The Meagles adopt Tattycoram from the Foundling Hospital.
Mr and Mrs Merdle
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
Little Dorrit
Mr Merdle is unscrupulous banker. Investing in his enterprises ruins the Dorrits, Arthur Clennam, and others. Merdle commits suicide when his fraud is uncovered. Mrs Merdle is the mother of Edmund Sparkler by a previous marriage.
Mr F's Aunt
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
Little Dorrit
Companion to Flora Finching (Aunt to her late husband) and one of the funniest characters in Dickens. Dickens describes her as "an amazing little old woman, with a face like a staring wooden doll too cheap for expression, and a stiff yellow wig perched unevenly on the top of her head, as if the child who owned the doll had driven a tack through it anywhere, so that it only got fastened on". She has an amazing capacity for uttering totally non-sensical barbs which "being totally uncalled for by anything said by anybody, and traceable to no association of ideas, confounded and terrified the mind".
Pancks
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
Little Dorrit
Clerk and rent collector for Mr Casby. He assists in finding William Dorrit's fortune. Dickens employs the metaphor of Pancks as a tugboat guiding Casby's "ship". Pancks moves tugboat style "with a puff and a snort".
Plornish
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
Little Dorrit
Thomas Plornish, a plasterer previously imprisoned at the Marshalsea with the Dorrits, lives with his wife and two children at Bleeding Heart Yard.
Rigaud/Blandois/Lagnier
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
Little Dorrit
Villain of the novel. Rigaud attempts to blackmail Mrs Clennam and has her house fall on him for his efforts. "When Monsieur Rigaud laughed, a change took place in his face, that was more remarkable than prepossessing. His moustache went up under his nose, and his nose came down over his moustache, in a very sinister and cruel manner".
Mr Rugg
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
Little Dorrit
Landlord of Pancks who assists in finding William Dorrit's fortune.
Edmund Sparkler
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
Little Dorrit
Son of Mrs Merdle by a former marriage. A man of limited talents, he offers marriage to 'all manner of undesirable young ladies' finally marries Fanny Dorrit. Edmund and Fanny lose all in the Merdle banking scam.
Tattycoram/Harriet Beadle
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
Little Dorrit
Adopted by the Meagles from the Foundling Hospital, Harriet is given the name Tattycoram and is maid to the Meagles daughter, Pet. She exhibits fits of temper and is counseled by Mr Meagle to "count five and twenty, Tattycoram". She is influenced away from the Meagles by the evil Miss Wade. She later is reunited with the Meagles and assists in the undoing of Rigaud/Blandois blackmail attempt.
Mrs Ticket
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
Little Dorrit
Cook and housekeeper for the Meagles.
Miss Wade
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
Little Dorrit
Dark figure who lures Tattycoram away from the kind-hearted Meagles whom she hates because of Pet Meagles' marriage to Henry Gowan, who had jilted her.
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Amy Dorrit
   appears in the Dickens' novel   
Little Dorrit
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.
Christopher Casby
   appears in the Dickens' novel   
Little Dorrit
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.
Edmund Sparkler
   appears in the Dickens' novel   
Little Dorrit
Son of Mrs Merdle by a former marriage. A man of limited talents, he offers marriage to 'all manner of undesirable young ladies' finally marries Fanny Dorrit. Edmund and Fanny lose all in the Merdle banking scam.
Fanny Dorrit
   appears in the Dickens' novel   
Little Dorrit
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.
Rigaud/Blandois/Lagnier
   appears in the Dickens' novel   
Little Dorrit
Villain of the novel. Rigaud attempts to blackmail Mrs Clennam and has her house fall on him for his efforts. "When Monsieur Rigaud laughed, a change took place in his face, that was more remarkable than prepossessing. His moustache went up under his nose, and his nose came down over his moustache, in a very sinister and cruel manner".
William Dorrit
   appears in the Dickens' novel   
Little Dorrit
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.






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