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20 Memorable Character Names from the Works of Charles Dickens


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Polly Toodle, "Dombey and Son"
At the 31st Summer Dickens Festival, which celebrates Charles Dickens, in Rochester, England, attendees are dressed in Dickens garb.
At the 31st Summer Dickens Festival, which celebrates Charles Dickens, in Rochester, England, attendees are dressed in Dickens garb.
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Polly Toodle is a kind and jolly character whom Dickens refers to as "plump rosy-cheeked wholesome apple-faced young woman." Toodle is hired as a wet nurse by Mr. Dombey to take care of his two children after his wife dies giving birth to their youngest, a boy named Paul. Mr. Dombey is delighted to have a son; Paul will be heir to his father's business, Dombey and Son, a trading company. Toodle takes care of Paul and his sister, Florence, according to Mr. Dombey's rules, but after she takes the children to her home in the poor section of London, a clear violation of Mr. Dombey's set of restrictions, she's fired.