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Charles Dickens
   wrote   
The Old Curiosity Shop
Follows the life of Little Nell and her grandfather, residents of The Old Curiosity Shop in London
Sally Brass
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
The Old Curiosity Shop
Sister and partner of Quilp's unscrupulous attorney, Sampson Brass. She is the mother of the Marchioness, the below-stairs maid.
Sampson Brass
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
The Old Curiosity Shop
"An attorney of no good repute" Brass served as Daniel Quilp's lawyer. He helps Quilp get the Curiosity Shop from Nell's grandfather and when he tries to help Quilp frame Kit Nubbles he is undone with the help of his clerk Dick Swiveler and the Marchioness, his below-stairs maid.
Codlin and Short
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
The Old Curiosity Shop
Proprietors of a traveling Punch and Judy show that Nell and her grandfather meet on their travels through the English countryside.
Mrs Jarley
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
The Old Curiosity Shop
Proprietor of a traveling waxwork who employs Nell and her grandfather. When the grandfather schemes to steal from Mrs Jarley, in order to support a gambling habit, Nell persuades him that they should take to the road again.
The Marchioness
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
The Old Curiosity Shop
Dick Swiveller's nickname for the little servant kept locked below stairs by the Brasses. Swiveller later marries her.
Nell's Grandfather
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
The Old Curiosity Shop
Owner of the Old Curiosity Shop. He has a secret gambling habit, hoping to make a fortune for his granddaughter. He borrows money to gamble from Quilp, when he cannot pay he takes Nell and escapes London to the country. When Nell dies he is heartbroken and dies soon after.
Kit Nubbles
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
The Old Curiosity Shop
Kit is shop boy at the Curiosity Shop owned by Nell's grandfather.
Daniel Quilp
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
The Old Curiosity Shop
An evil dwarf who lends money to Nell's grandfather who gambles it away and flees London with Nell in an attempt to avoid Quilp. Quilp attempts to find the pair as they travel through the country. Later Quilp is pursued by the police and, lost in the fog, drowns in the Thames.
The Single Gentleman
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
The Old Curiosity Shop
Mysterious lodger of the Brasses who is trying to find Nell and her grandfather. He is revealed to be the brother of the grandfather and finds the pair shortly before his brother's death. In the original serialization of the novel in Master Humphrey's Clock the Single Gentleman turns out to be the original narrator of the story, Master Humphrey.
Dick Swiveller
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
The Old Curiosity Shop
Friend of Fred Trent who has designs to marry Fred's sister Nell Trent but is encouraged to wait until Nell has inherited her grandfather's money. When Nell and her grandfather leave London Swiveller is befriended by Quilp who helps him gain employment with the Brasses. While at the Brasses he meets their little half-starved servant the Marchioness. He becomes aware of the Brasses villainy and, with the Marchioness' help, exposes a plot to frame Kit Nubbles. Swiveller later inherits money from his aunt, puts the Marchioness through school, and later marries her.
Fred Trent
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
The Old Curiosity Shop
Nell's brother, a gambler, is interested in his grandfather's money through his friend Dick Swiveller.
Nelly Trent
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
The Old Curiosity Shop
Known as Little Nell, she is the principal character in the story. She lives with her grandfather, when he falls into the clutches of Daniel Quilp she helps him escape London. The hardships endured during their wanderings are too much for the delicate Nell and she dies in a quiet village where she and her grandfather had gained employment.
Sophie Wackles
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
The Old Curiosity Shop
First love of Dick Swiveler. Swiveler reluctantly leaves her and enters into a scheme, hatched by Nell's brother Fred Trent, to marry Nell and inherit the grandfather's money. Sophey marries Cheggs, a market gardener.
Codlin and Short
   appears in the Dickens' novel   
The Old Curiosity Shop
Proprietors of a traveling Punch and Judy show that Nell and her grandfather meet on their travels through the English countryside.
Daniel Quilp
   appears in the Dickens' novel   
The Old Curiosity Shop
An evil dwarf who lends money to Nell's grandfather who gambles it away and flees London with Nell in an attempt to avoid Quilp. Quilp attempts to find the pair as they travel through the country. Later Quilp is pursued by the police and, lost in the fog, drowns in the Thames.
Dick Swiveller
   appears in the Dickens' novel   
The Old Curiosity Shop
Friend of Fred Trent who has designs to marry Fred's sister Nell Trent but is encouraged to wait until Nell has inherited her grandfather's money. When Nell and her grandfather leave London Swiveller is befriended by Quilp who helps him gain employment with the Brasses. While at the Brasses he meets their little half-starved servant the Marchioness. He becomes aware of the Brasses villainy and, with the Marchioness' help, exposes a plot to frame Kit Nubbles. Swiveller later inherits money from his aunt, puts the Marchioness through school, and later marries her.
The Marchioness
   appears in the Dickens' novel   
The Old Curiosity Shop
Dick Swiveller's nickname for the little servant kept locked below stairs by the Brasses. Swiveller later marries her.
Nelly Trent
   appears in the Dickens' novel   
The Old Curiosity Shop
Known as Little Nell, she is the principal character in the story. She lives with her grandfather, when he falls into the clutches of Daniel Quilp she helps him escape London. The hardships endured during their wanderings are too much for the delicate Nell and she dies in a quiet village where she and her grandfather had gained employment.






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