The former porter of Sir Joseph Bowley, he had married the former Mrs. Chickenstalker, who operated a grocery store. He was an older man, suffering from the snuffles. He was overweight and had great difficulty breathing
The Chimes, written in Genoa, Italy, is the second of Dickens' Christmas stories in which he attempts to convince the upper classes to have compassion for the poor. Taking place on New Year's Eve, a poor man named Trotty begins to despair about...
Tackleton owns Gruff and Tackleton, a toy store. The Gruff partner is gone, but the name remains; perhaps in part because it is describes Tackleton's personality. He is an inventive toymaker, yet -despised all toys.' He makes grim, evil looking...
Cricket on the Hearth, The
In 1845, Dickens planned a periodical about home life called Cricket. The plan did not materialize, so he turned the idea into The Cricket on the Hearth, a book with a domestic setting. This was published as Dickens' third Christmas book by...
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