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Henry IV, Part II
      
"We Have Heard the Chimes at Midnight."
Sir Joseph Bowley
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
The Chimes
Member of Parliament who condescendingly calls himself "the poor man's friend and father" and exhorts Trotty to "Live hard and temperately, be respectful, exercise your self-denial, bring up your family on next to nothing, pay your rent as regularly as the clock strikes, be punctual in your dealings". His wife is Lady Bowley.
Anne Chickenstalker
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
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A stout lady who keeps a shop in the general line to whom Trotty owes some small debts. In Trotty's dream she marries Tugby and is Meg's landlady.
Alderman Cute
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
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City magistrate who is blind to the plight of the poor. Vows to "put down" any nonsense claimed by the poor, such as starvation, illness, and suicide.
Will Fern
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
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Country laboror who comes to London with his niece Lillian to look for work. He is arrested for vagrancy and branded a troublemaker. He and Lillian run into Trotty Veck in the street and Trotty takes them in for the night. Will and Lillian's presence help to spark Trotty's dream in which Will becomes a desperate arsonist and Lillian a prostitute.
Filer
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
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Friend of Alderman Cute, Filer makes Trotty feel guilty over his meager meal of tripe.
Mr Fish
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
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Sir Joseph Bowley's confidential secretary.
Lillian
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
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Orphaned nine-year-old niece of Will Fern.
Meg
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
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Daughter of poor ticket porter Trotty Veck. Marries Richard on New Year's Day.
Toby (Trotty) Veck
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
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Poor ticket porter whose dream on New Year's Eve forms the basis of the story.
Sir Joseph Bowley
   appears in the Dickens' novel   
The Chimes
Member of Parliament who condescendingly calls himself "the poor man's friend and father" and exhorts Trotty to "Live hard and temperately, be respectful, exercise your self-denial, bring up your family on next to nothing, pay your rent as regularly as the clock strikes, be punctual in your dealings". His wife is Lady Bowley.
Toby (Trotty) Veck
   appears in the Dickens' novel   
The Chimes
Poor ticket porter whose dream on New Year's Eve forms the basis of the story.
Anna Smaill
   won the award for   
The Chimes (2016)
Best Novel






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