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Charles Dickens
   wrote   
Martin Chuzzlewit
Depicts America satirically as a near wilderness filled with deceit
Mr Bevan
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
Martin Chuzzlewit
Boston doctor whom Martin and Mark meet at Pawkins' Boarding House in New York and one of the few positive characters they meet in the America. Bevan later loans them money to return to England.
Benjamin Bailey
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
Martin Chuzzlewit
Street-wise servant boy at Todger's Boarding House. Later goes to work for Tigg Montigue and is nearly killed in a coach accident.
Jefferson Brick
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
Martin Chuzzlewit
War correspondent for the New York Rowdy Journal, edited by Colonel Diver.
General Cyrus Choke
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
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".
Hannibal Chollop
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
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.
Chuffey
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
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."
Anthony Chuzzlewit
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
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.
Jonas Chuzzlewit
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
Martin Chuzzlewit
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.
David Crimple
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
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.
Colonel Diver
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
Martin Chuzzlewit
Editor of the New York Rowdy Journal. Diver meets Mark and Martin onboard the Screw and directs them to Pawkins boarding house.
Mr Fips
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
Martin Chuzzlewit
Old Martin Chuzzlewit's agent who hires Tom Pinch to put his library in order. Mr Fips was "small and spare, and looked peaceable, and wore black shorts and powder".
General Fladdock
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
Martin Chuzzlewit
Introduced to Martin Chuzzlewit in America by the Norris family. While condemning the class system in Europe he is so outraged to be considered a fellow passenger to America with Martin, who made the trip in steerage, that "he almost laid his hand upon his sword".
Sairey Gamp
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
Martin Chuzzlewit
A midwife, nurse and "layer out" of the dead, although she is much more concerned with her own creature comforts than those of her patients. Habitually in liquor, she creates the imaginary Mrs Harris whose good opinion is used to promote Mrs Gamp's character. Sairey Gamp is one of Dickens most intriguing characters. Meet Mrs Gamp.
Mary Graham
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
Martin Chuzzlewit
Mary cares for old Martin Chuzzlewit with the knowledge that she will not profit from Martin's wealth after his death. Chuzzlewit's grandson, Martin, falls in love with Mary which displeases his grandfather who disinherits young Martin. Young Martin goes to America to seek his fortune. Finding only sickness and misery in America, Martin returns to England, is reconciled with his grandfather and marries Mary.
Mrs Harris
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
Martin Chuzzlewit
Imaginary friend of Sairey Gamp who uses Mrs Harrises' invented quotes to establish Mrs Gamp's good reputation.
Mrs Hominy
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
Martin Chuzzlewit
Conceited American literary lady Martin is forced to accompany on the first leg of the trip to Eden.
Mr Jinkins
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
Martin Chuzzlewit
Oldest boarder at Todger's Boarding House. A fish-salesman and book-keeper aged forty.
Dr. Jobling
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
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.
Captain Kedgick
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
Martin Chuzzlewit
Landlord of the National Hotel where Mark and Martin stay on their way to and from Eden.
Lewsome
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
Martin Chuzzlewit
Medical man and old schoolmate of John Westlock. Westlock hires Mrs Gamp to nurse Lewsome through a serious illness. Lewsome has provided poison to Jonas Chuzzlewit who intends using it to kill his father, Anthony. His later confession helps lead to Jonas' arrest.
Mrs Lupin
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
Martin Chuzzlewit
Landlady of the Blue Dragon Inn. Eventually marries Mark Tapley.
Mould
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
Martin Chuzzlewit
Undertaker who arranges the funeral of Anthony Chuzzlewit and recommends Mrs Gamp. Mr Mould has "a face in which a queer attempt at melancholy was at odds with a smirk of satisfaction".
Nadgett
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
Martin Chuzzlewit
Secretive private investigator for Tigg Montigue employed to provide information on the customers of the fraudulent life assurance company. Nadgett exposes Jonas Chuzzlewit as Montigue's murderer. Nadgett is also landlord of Tom and Ruth Pinch in Islington.
The Norris Family
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
Martin Chuzzlewit
New York friends of Mr Bevan whom he introduces to Martin. Their initial warm welcome cools when they discover he made the trip to America in steerage.
Major and Mrs Pawkins
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
Martin Chuzzlewit
Proprietors of a New York boarding house where Martin and Mark stay. The Major is typical of the scoundrels they meet in America.
Charity (Cherry) Pecksniff
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
Martin Chuzzlewit
Seth Pecksniff's older daughter and sister of Mercy. Haughty and ill-tempered, without her younger sister's playful nature. She is infuriated when passed over for marriage by Jonas Chuzzlewith who chooses her sister. She later promises herself to Mr Moddle, who leaves her at the alter. Charity has a disposition "which was then observed to be of a sharp and acid quality, as though an extra lemon (figuratively speaking) had been squeezed into the nectar of her disposition, and had rather damaged its flavour."
Mercy (Merry) Pecksniff
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
Martin Chuzzlewit
Seth Pecksniff's younger daughter and sister of Charity. Seth gives her in marriage to Jonas Chuzzlewit, who breaks her spirit, and her heart.
Seth Pecksniff
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
Martin Chuzzlewit
Sanctimonious surveyor and architect "who has never designed or built anything", and one of the biggest hypocrites in fiction. Father of daughters Mercy and Charity. In an effort to gain old Martin's money he embraces then throws out young Martin at old Martin's wish. When long time servant Tom Pinch learns of Pecksniff's treachery he is also thrown out. Pecksniff's self-serving designs are eventually exposed by Old Martin who reconciles with his grandson, young Martin. Dickens' description of Pecksniff's hypocrisy is telling: "Some people likened him to a direction-post, which is always telling the way to a place, and never goes there".
Tom Pinch
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
Martin Chuzzlewit
Devoted admirer and assistant to Pecksniff. A kindly, sweet-tempered fellow, completely blind to Pecksniff's hypocrisy despite a multitude of evidence to the contrary. He finally becomes aware of Pecksniff's true character and is dismissed. He goes to London to live with his sister and is employed by a mysterious gentleman which turns out to be old Martin Chuzzlewit.
Ruth Pinch
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
Martin Chuzzlewit
Sister of Tom Pinch. She is governess to a wealthy brass and copper founder's family in Camberwell. When Tom goes to visit her he finds she is unhappy in her work and is accused by the family of being unable to command the respect of her employer's spoiled daughter. She leaves to live with Tom in Islington and later marries Tom's friend John Westlock.
Elijah Pogram
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
Martin Chuzzlewit
Member of Congress Martin meets on the steamboat when leaving Eden. Pogram has inherited the congressional talent for speechifying much, and saying little.
Betsy Prig
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
Martin Chuzzlewit
Day nurse and friend of Mrs Gamp. "Mrs Prig was of the Gamp build, but not so fat; and her voice was deeper and more like a man's. She had also a beard." Betsy and Mrs Gamp later have a falling out, Betsy questioning the existance of Gamp's imaginary friend Mrs Harris.
Zephaniah Scadder
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
Martin Chuzzlewit
Unscrupulous agent of the Eden Land Corporation who sells swamp land to Martin. "He was a gaunt man in a huge straw hat, and a coat of green stuff. The weather being hot, he had no cravat, and wore his shirt collar wide open; so that every time he spoke something was seen to twitch and jerk up in his throat, like the little hammers in a harpsichord when the notes are struck. Perhaps it was the Truth feebly endeavouring to leap to his lips. If so, it never reached them."
Chevy Slyme
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
Martin Chuzzlewit
Nephew of old Martin Chuzzlewit who works with Montigue Tigg to try to squeeze money from the family. Later a London police officer.
Mr and Mrs Spottletoe
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
Martin Chuzzlewit
Relatives of old Martin Chuzzlewit's (Mrs is old Martin's niece) with designs on inheriting his money.
Paul (Poll) Sweedlepipe
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
Martin Chuzzlewit
Landlord of Mrs Gamp, barber and bird-fancier. "Poll Sweedlepipe's house was one great bird's nest. Gamecocks resided in the kitchen; pheasants wasted the brightness of their golden plumage on the garret; bantams roosted in the cellar; owls had possession of the bedroom; and specimens of all the smaller fry of birds chirrupped and twittered in the shop."
Mark Tapley
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
Martin Chuzzlewit
Ostler at the Blue Dragon Inn and servant to young Martin Chuzzlewit. He accompanies Martin to America and later marries Mrs Lupin, the Blue Dragon's landlady. The inn is renamed The Jolly Tapley.
Montigue (Tigg Montigue) Tigg
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
Martin Chuzzlewit
Con man and swindler who first appears in the story fronting for Chevy Slyme and trying to squeeze the assembled Chuzzlewit family for money. Later he appears in splendor as head of the fraudulent Anglo-Bengalee Disinterested Loan and Life Assurance Company and has changed his name to Tigg Montigue. He dupes Jonas Chuzzlewit into joining the company, uses Jonas to fleece Pecksniff, and is murdered by Jonas.
Mrs Todgers
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
Martin Chuzzlewit
Proprietor of M. Todgers Commercial Boarding House located near the monument. Mrs Todgers is described as a "rather bony and hard featured lady". Pecksniff and his daughters stay at Todgers when visiting London.
John Westlock
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
Martin Chuzzlewit
Former pupil of Pecksniff and friend of Tom Pinch although they disagree about Pecksniff's character. He is instrumental in exposing Jonas Chuzzlewit and later marries Tom's sister Ruth.
Anthony Chuzzlewit
   appears in the Dickens' novel   
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.
Charity (Cherry) Pecksniff
   appears in the Dickens' novel   
Martin Chuzzlewit
Jonas Chuzzlewit
   appears in the Dickens' novel   
Martin Chuzzlewit
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.
Major and Mrs Pawkins
   appears in the Dickens' novel   
Martin Chuzzlewit
Proprietors of a New York boarding house where Martin and Mark stay. The Major is typical of the scoundrels they meet in America.
Montigue (Tigg Montigue) Tigg
   appears in the Dickens' novel   
Martin Chuzzlewit
Con man and swindler who first appears in the story fronting for Chevy Slyme and trying to squeeze the assembled Chuzzlewit family for money. Later he appears in splendor as head of the fraudulent Anglo-Bengalee Disinterested Loan and Life Assurance Company and has changed his name to Tigg Montigue. He dupes Jonas Chuzzlewit into joining the company, uses Jonas to fleece Pecksniff, and is murdered by Jonas.
Mr Bevan
   appears in the Dickens' novel   
Martin Chuzzlewit
Boston doctor whom Martin and Mark meet at Pawkins' Boarding House in New York and one of the few positive characters they meet in the America. Bevan later loans them money to return to England.
Seth Pecksniff
   appears in the Dickens' novel   
Martin Chuzzlewit
Sanctimonious surveyor and architect "who has never designed or built anything", and one of the biggest hypocrites in fiction. Father of daughters Mercy and Charity. In an effort to gain old Martin's money he embraces then throws out young Martin at old Martin's wish. When long time servant Tom Pinch learns of Pecksniff's treachery he is also thrown out. Pecksniff's self-serving designs are eventually exposed by Old Martin who reconciles with his grandson, young Martin. Dickens' description of Pecksniff's hypocrisy is telling: "Some people likened him to a direction-post, which is always telling the way to a place, and never goes there".
Zephaniah Scadder
   appears in the Dickens' novel   
Martin Chuzzlewit
Unscrupulous agent of the Eden Land Corporation who sells swamp land to Martin. "He was a gaunt man in a huge straw hat, and a coat of green stuff. The weather being hot, he had no cravat, and wore his shirt collar wide open; so that every time he spoke something was seen to twitch and jerk up in his throat, like the little hammers in a harpsichord when the notes are struck. Perhaps it was the Truth feebly endeavouring to leap to his lips. If so, it never reached them."






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