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20 Memorable Character Names from the Works of Charles Dickens


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Dick Swiveller, "The Old Curiosity Shop"
Pictured here is the real Old Curiosity Shop, as immortalized by Dickens, in Portsmouth Street, London.
Pictured here is the real Old Curiosity Shop, as immortalized by Dickens, in Portsmouth Street, London.
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Though the name sounds a little on the sinister side, this character isn't a villain. In fact, he's nearly the victim of manipulation by his friend, Fred. Fred believes his sister, Nelly, will receive a substantial inheritance and tries to persuade Swiveller to marry Nelly so that Fred can get his hands on the money. Swiveller, however, thinks the 14-year-old Nelly is too young to marry. Fred asks him to wait a few years and then marry her, but Swiveller instead falls for a servant girl. Swiveller winds up with good fortune after all, when he's the beneficiary of an inheritance, helps the servant girl with her education and later marries her.