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Dickens' Characters → Characters T-Z

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Tacker ( Martin Chuzzlewit ) Chief mourner of Mr Mould, the undertaker. An obese person, with his waistcoat in closer connection with his legs than is quite reconcileable with the established ideas of grace; with that cast of feature which is figuratively called a bottle-nose; and with a face covered all over with pimples. He had been a tender plant once upon a time, but from constant blowing in the fat atmosphere of funerals, had run to seed. (top)

Tackleton ( Cricket on the Hearth ) Known as Gruff and Tackleton, the name of his toymaking business. He is the Scrooge of the story, a hard-hearted, unfeeling man who has lived off of the exploitation of children all his life. He is the employer of Caleb Plummer and schemes to marry May Fielding. Like Scrooge, he softens at the end of the story. (top)

Tameroo ( Martin Chuzzlewit ) Bailey's successor as Mrs Todgers' servant at Todgers's Boarding House. The name, taken from an old English ballad, was given her by the boarders. She was a very little old woman, and always wore a very coarse apron with a bib before and a loop behind, together with bandages on her wrists, which appeared to be afflicted with an everlasting sprain. She was on all occasions chary of opening the street-door, and ardent to shut it again; and she waited at table in a bonnet. (top)

Tangle, Mr. ( Bleak House ) A lawyer in the Jarndyce and Jarndyce court case. Mr. Tangle knows more of Jarndyce and Jarndyce than anybody. He is famous for it--supposed never to have read anything else since he left school. (top)

Tapley, Mark ( Martin Chuzzlewit ) PIX Hostler at the Blue Dragon Inn who becomes servant and then partner to young Martin Chuzzlewit during the misfortune in America. He later marries Mrs. Lupin, the Blue Dragon's landlady. The inn is renamed The Jolly Tapley. A young fellow, of some five or six and-twenty perhaps. One of the most careless, good-humoured, comical fellows in life.

Geolinks: Strand (top)

Tappertit, Simon ( Barnaby Rudge ) PIX Locksmith Gabriel Varden's apprentice who is in love with Gabriel's daughter, Dolly. He becomes a leader of the rioters during the Gordon Riots and during the fighting loses his slender legs, long his pride and joy. After the uprising he is fitted with wooden legs and becomes a bootblack.

Geolinks: Temple Bar (top)

Tartar ( The Mystery of Edwin Drood ) Retired navy man and friend of Crisparkle. He befriends Neville in London and works with Grewgious and Crisparkle in protecting Neville from John Jasper. (top)

Tattycoram/Harriet Beadle ( Little Dorrit ) Adopted by the Meagles from the Foundling Hospital, Harriet is given the name Tattycoram and is maid to the Meagles daughter, Pet. She exhibits fits of temper and is counseled by Mr. Meagle to "count five and twenty, Tattycoram." She is influenced away from the Meagles by the evil Miss Wade. She later is reunited with the Meagles and assists in the undoing of the Rigaud/Blandois blackmail attempt.

Geolinks: Foundling Hostpital (top)

Tetterby family ( The Haunted Man ) Poor family touched by Redlaw's gift of forgetting past sorrows, which turns out to be a curse to them. Adolphus, a newsman, his wife Sophia, Adolphus Jr, a newspaper boy at the railway station, Johnny, who cares for the baby, Sally, called little Moloch. They are restored to their former loving natures by Milly Swidger. (top)

Thingummy, Mrs ( Oliver Twist ) Old pauper women who attends Oliver Twist's birth. Rendered rather misty by an unwonted allowance of beer. (top)

Thomas ( Nicholas Nickleby ) Mortimer Knag's warehouseman. Thomas was a boy nearly half as tall as a shutter, and the warehouse was a shop about the size of three hackney coaches. (top)

Ticket, Mrs ( Little Dorrit ) Cook and housekeeper for the Meagles. (top)

Tiffey, Mr ( David Copperfield ) Clerk at Spenlow and Jorkins. A little dry man...who wore a stiff brown wig that looked as if it were made of gingerbread. (top)

Tigg, Montague (Tigg Montague) ( Martin Chuzzlewit ) PIX Con man and swindler who first appears in the story as Montigue Tigg and fronting for Chevy Slyme in trying to squeeze the assembled Chuzzlewit family for money. Later he appears in splendor as head of the fraudulent Anglo-Bengalee Disinterested Loan and Life Assurance Company and has changed his name to Tigg Montigue. He dupes Jonas Chuzzlewit into joining the company, uses Jonas to fleece Pecksniff, and is murdered by Jonas.The gentleman was of that order of appearance, which is currently termed shabby-genteel, though in respect of his dress he can hardly be said to have been in any extremities, as his fingers were a long way out of his gloves, and the soles of his feet were at an inconvenient distance from the upper leather of his boots. His nether garments were of a blueish gray – violent in its colours once, but sobered now by age and dinginess – and were so stretched and strained in a tough conflict between his braces and his straps, that they appeared every moment in danger of flying asunder at the knees. His coat, in colour blue and of a military cut, was buttoned and frogged, up to his chin. His cravat was, in hue and pattern, like one of those mantles which hair-dressers are accustomed to wrap about their clients, during the progress of the professional mysteries. His hat had arrived at such a pass that it would have been hard to determine whether it was originally white or black. But he wore a moustache – a shaggy moustache too: nothing in the meek and merciful way, but quite in the fierce and scornful style: the regular Satanic sort of thing – and he wore, besides, a vast quantity of unbrushed hair. He was very dirty and very jaunty; very bold and very mean; very swaggering and very slinking; very much like a man who might have been something better, and unspeakably like a man who deserved to be something worse.

Later as Tigg Montigue: He had a world of jet-black shining hair upon his head, upon his cheeks, upon his chin, upon his upper lip. His clothes, symmetrically made, were of the newest fashion and the costliest kind. Flowers of gold and blue, and green and blushing red, were on his waistcoat; precious chains and jewels sparkled on his breast; his fingers, clogged with brilliant rings, were as unwieldy as summer flies but newly rescued from a honey-pot. The daylight mantled in his gleaming hat and boots as in a polished glass. And yet, though changed his name, and changed his outward surface, it was Tigg. Though turned and twisted upside down, and inside out, as great men have been sometimes known to be; though no longer Montague Tigg, but Tigg Montague; still it was Tigg: the same Satanic, gallant, military Tigg. The brass was burnished, lacquered, newly-stamped; yet it was the true Tigg metal notwithstanding.

Geolinks: Pall Mall (top)

Timberry, Snittle ( Nicholas Nickleby ) Member of Crummles' acting troupe. (top)

Tipp ( David Copperfield ) Carman at the Murdstone and Grinby wine warehouse where David Copperfield works. Wore a red jacket. (top)

Tipslark ( Nicholas Nickleby ) Former suitor of Mrs Nickleby. (top)

Tisher, Mrs. ( The Mystery of Edwin Drood ) Miss Twinkleton's assistant at the school for girls at Nun's House. (top)

Tix, Tom ( Nicholas Nickleby ) Bailiff who, along with Mr Scaley comes to take possession of the Mantalini's business for debt. A little man in brown, very much the worse for wear, who brought with him a mingled fumigation of stale tobacco and fresh onions. The clothes of this gentleman were much bespeckled with flue; and his shoes, stockings, and nether garments, from his heels to the waist buttons of his coat inclusive, were profusely embroidered with splashes of mud. (top)

Todgers, Mr ( Martin Chuzzlewit ) Husband of Mrs Todgers who had desserted her. Mr Todgers...had cut his matrimonial career rather short, by unlawfully running away from his happiness, and establishing himself in foreign countries as a bachelor. (top)

Todgers, Mrs ( Martin Chuzzlewit ) PIX Proprietor of M. Todgers Commercial Boarding House located near the monument. Mrs Todgers is described as a "rather bony and hard featured lady." Pecksniff and his daughters stay at Todgers when visiting London. M. Todgers was a lady – rather a bony and hard-featured lady – with a row of curls in front of her head, shaped like little barrels of beer; and on the top of it something made of net – you couldn’t call it a cap exactly –which looked like a black cobweb. She had a little basket on her arm, and in it a bunch of keys that jingled as she came.

Geolinks: The Monument (top)

Tom ( David Copperfield ) Emily's father and Daniel Peggotty's brother-in-law. Drowned before the story begins. (top)

Tom ( A Tale of Two Cities ) Coachman on the Dover mail coach. (top)

Tom ( Nicholas Nickleby ) Ugly assistant to the fat lady in charge of the General Agency Office who later gets thumped by Frank Cheeryble. A lean youth with cunning eyes and a protruding chin. (top)

Tom ( Martin Chuzzlewit ) Assistant to Mr Mould the undertaker. (top)

Tom ( Martin Chuzzlewit ) Police officer and associate of Chevy Slyme. (top)

Tomkins ( Nicholas Nickleby ) Student at Dotheboys Hall. He suggests that Smike has run away and receives a beating for his trouble. (top)

Toodle ( Dombey and Son ) PIX Husband of Polly, father of Rob and four other children. Works on the railroad. A plump and apple-faced man.

Geolinks: Camden Town (top)

Toodle, Jemima ( Dombey and Son ) Polly Toodle's unmarried younger sister who cares for the Toodle children while Polly is employed by Mr Dombey. A younger woman not so plump, but apple-faced also.

Geolinks: Camden Town (top)

Toodle, Polly (Richards) ( Dombey and Son ) PIX Little Paul Dombey's nurse, known in the Dombey household as Richards. She is dismissed when she takes Paul to visit her family in a poorer section of London. She re-enters the story when Captain Cuttle asked her to look after Sol Gill's Shop, the Wooden Midshipman. She is the mother of Rob the Grinder who falls in with bad company and becomes a minor villain in the story. Dickens describes Polly as a plump rosy-cheeked wholesome apple-faced young woman.

Geolinks: Camden Town (top)

Toodle, Rob (Biler)(Grinder) ( Dombey and Son ) PIX Eldest son of the Toodles. He "goes wrong" and is used by James Carker who installs him in Sol Gill's establishment as a spy.

Geolinks: Camden Town (top)

Toots ( Dombey and Son ) PIX Scatterbrained classmate of Paul Dombey Jr at Dr Blimber's Academy. Toots falls helplessly in love with Florence Dombey and pursues her, in his absentminded way, until Florence marries Walter Gay. In the end Toots marries Susan Nipper. Quote: "it's of no consequence." (top)

Tope ( The Mystery of Edwin Drood ) Mr. Tope is the Head Verger at Cloisterham Cathedral. He and his wife rent rooms to John Jasper, in the gatehouse, and to Datchery, in their own house. Tope is based on William Miles, the Head Verger of Rochester Cathedral at the time the novel was written. (top)

Topper ( A Christmas Carol ) Friend of Fred's who, at the Christmas party, has his eye on the plump sister of Fred's wife during the game of blind man's buff. (top)

Toppit, Miss ( Martin Chuzzlewit ) Literary Lady at the levee for Elijah Pogram. Wore a brown wig of uncommon size. (top)

Topsawyer ( David Copperfield ) Man who dies from drinking the ale at the inn in Yarmouth in a story the waiter, William, uses to trick David Copperfield out of his glass of ale. (top)

Towlinson ( Dombey and Son ) Mr Dombey's manservant. Later marries the housemaid Anne. They settle in Oxford Market in the general greengrocery and herb and leech line. (top)

Tox, Lucretia ( Dombey and Son ) PIX Paul Dombey Sr's sister, Mrs. Chick's, friend. She has designs to marry Paul Sr. after his first wife dies. Paul marries Mrs. Granger instead, breaking Miss Tox's heart, but she stays loyal to him through later hardships. A long lean figure, wearing such a faded air that she seemed not to have been made in what linen-drapers call 'fast colours' originally, and to have, by little and little, washed out. (top)

Tozer ( Dombey and Son ) Along with Briggs, a roommate of Paul Dombey at Dr Blimber's school. He was constantly galled and tormented by a starched white cambric neckerchief, which he wore at the express desire of Mrs Tozer, his parent, who, designing him for the Church, was of opinion that he couldn't be in that forward state of preparation too soon. (top)

Trabb ( Great Expectations ) Tailor who makes Pip a new suit of clothes before he goes to London, also in charge of the mourners at Pip's sister's funeral. He was a prosperous old bachelor, and his open window looked into a prosperous little garden and orchard, and there was a prosperous iron safe let into the wall at the side of his fireplace, and I did not doubt that heaps of his prosperity were put away in it in bags. (top)

Trabb's Boy ( Great Expectations ) Assistant to Trabb, the tailor, who terrorizes Pip. He later leads Herbert to the limekiln to rescue Pip from Orlick. Mr. Trabb's boy was the most audacious boy in all that countryside. When I had entered he was sweeping the shop, and he had sweetened his labours by sweeping over me. He was still sweeping when I came out into the shop with Mr. Trabb, and he knocked the broom against all possible corners and obstacles, to express (as I understood it) equality with any blacksmith, alive or dead. (top)

Traddles, Tommy ( David Copperfield ) PIX Fellow pupil with David Copperfield and Steerforth at Salem House. David's best friend and best man at David's wedding to Dora Spenlow. He later becomes a lawyer and marries Sophy Crewler. In a tight sky-blue suit that made his arms and legs like German sausages, or roly-poly puddings, he was the merriest and most miserable of all the boys. He was always being caned — I think he was caned every day that half-year, except one holiday Monday when he was only ruler’d on both hands — and was always going to write to his uncle about it, and never did. Later: He was a sober, steady-looking young man of retiring manners, with a comic head of hair, and eyes that were rather wide open.

Geolinks: Gray's Inn, Holborn, Tottenham Court Road (top)

Trent, Fred ( The Old Curiosity Shop ) Nell's brother, a gambler, is interested in his grandfather's money through his friend Dick Swiveller. (top)

Trent, Nelly ( The Old Curiosity Shop ) PIX 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. (top)

Trimmers, Mr ( Nicholas Nickleby ) Benevolent friend of the Cheerybles who brings the cases of those in need to the brothers. (top)

Trotter, Job ( Pickwick Papers ) Manservant of the rascal Alfred Jingle.

Geolinks: Covent Garden (top)

Trotwood, Betsey ( David Copperfield ) PIX David Copperfield's great aunt. David runs away from London when he is installed at Murdstone and Grinby's warehouse and goes to Dover to live with Betsey. She helps David get a start in life and, when she loses her fortune, goes to London to live with David. David describes her as A tall, hard-featured lady, but by no means ill-looking. There was an inflexibility in her face, in her voice, in her gait and carriage, amply sufficient to account for the effect she had made upon a gentle creature like my mother; but her features were rather handsome than otherwise, though unbending and austere. Dickens' friend and biographer John Forster called Betsey a gnarled and knotted piece of female timber, sound to the core.

Geolinks: Lincolns Inn Fields (top)

Tulkinghorn ( Bleak House ) PIX Family lawyer to the Dedlocks. When he finds out Lady Dedlock's secret past, and tries to gain from it, he is murdered by Lady Dedlock's former maid, Hortense. He is of what is called the old school--a phrase generally meaning any school that seems never to have been young--and wears knee-breeches tied with ribbons, and gaiters or stockings. One peculiarity of his black clothes and of his black stockings, be they silk or worsted, is that they never shine. Mute, close, irresponsive to any glancing light, his dress is like himself. He never converses when not professionaly consulted. He is found sometimes, speechless but quite at home, at corners of dinner-tables in great country houses and near doors of drawing-rooms, concerning which the fashionable intelligence is eloquent, where everybody knows him and where half the Peerage stops to say "How do you do, Mr. Tulkinghorn?" He receives these salutations with gravity and buries them along with the rest of his knowledge.

Geolinks: Lincolns Inn Fields (top)

Tungay ( David Copperfield ) PIX Creakle's assistant at Salem House where David Copperfield attends school. Tungay has a wooden leg, having lost his leg in Creakle's service in former employment in the hops business. [Tungay] was an obstinate barbarian who had formerly assisted in the hop business, but had come into the scholastic line with Mr. Creakle, in consequence, as was supposed among the boys, of his having broken his leg in Mr. Creakle’s service, and having done a deal of dishonest work for him, and knowing his secrets. I heard that with the single exception of Mr. Creakle, Tungay considered the whole establishment, masters and boys, as his natural enemies, and that the only delight of his life was to be sour and malicious. I heard that Mr. Creakle had a son, who had not been Tungay’s friend, and who, assisting in the school, had once held some remonstrance with his father on an occasion when its discipline was very cruelly exercised, and was supposed, besides, to have protested against his father’s usage of his mother. I heard that Mr. Creakle had turned him out of doors, in consequence; and that Mrs. and Miss Creakle had been in a sad way, ever since. (top)

Tupman, Tracy ( Pickwick Papers ) PIX A member of the Pickwick club and traveling companion to Mr. Pickwick in the story's adventures. A middle-aged bachelor with a weakness for the ladies. (top)

Turveydrop, Mr ( Bleak House ) PIX Owner of a dance academy on Newman Street and a "model of deportment." His son, Prince, gives dancing lessons and supports his father. He was a fat old gentleman with a false complexion, false teeth, false whiskers, and a wig. He had a fur collar, and he had a padded breast to his coat, which only wanted a star or a broad blue ribbon to be complete. He was pinched in, and swelled out, and got up, and strapped down, as much as he could possibly bear. He had such a neckcloth on (puffing his very eyes out of their natural shape), and his chin and even his ears so sunk into it, that it seemed as though be must inevitably double up if it were cast loose. He had under his arm a hat of great size and weight, shelving downward from the crown to the brim, and in his hand a pair of white gloves with which he flapped it as he stood poised on one leg in a high-shouldered, round-elbowed state of elegance not to be surpassed. He had a cane, he had an eye-glass, he had a snuff-box, he had rings, he had wristbands, he had everything but any touch of nature; he was not like youth, he was not like age, he was not like anything in the world but a model of deportment. (top)

Turveydrop, Prince ( Bleak House ) Son of Mr Turveydrop, owner of a dance academy. Prince, named for the Prince Regent, gives dancing lessons and supports his father. Prince marries Caddy Jellyby. a little blue-eyed fair man of youthful appearance with flaxen hair parted in the middle and curling at the ends all round his head. He had a little fiddle, which we used to call at school a kit, under his left arm, and its little bow in the same hand. His little dancing-shoes were particularly diminutive, and he had a little innocent, feminine manner.

Geolinks: Kensington (top)

Twinkleton, Miss ( The Mystery of Edwin Drood ) Principal of a school for girls at Nun's House in Cloisterham where Rosa Bud and Helena Landless attend. She is assisted by Mrs. Tisher. Miss Twinkleton later becomes Rosa's chaperone in London. (top)

Twist, Oliver ( Oliver Twist ) PIX Oliver is born in a workhouse where he is mistreated by Bumble, the beadle (Quote: 'Please, sir, I want some more'). He is apprenticed to Sowerberry, the undertaker, and runs away to London where he falls in with Fagin and his band of pickpockets. Oliver is charged with theft, actually committed by the Artful Dodger, and later cleared. The object of the theft, Mr. Brownlow, takes Oliver into his home. He is recaptured by Nancy and returned to Fagin's band. Nancy later tries to help Oliver and is murdered. Through the efforts of Rose Maylie and Mr. Brownlow the story of Oliver's real parentage is revealed. A parish child - the orphan of a workhouse - the humble half-starved drudge - to be cuffed and buffeted through the world, - despised by all, and pitied by none.

Geolinks: Newgate Prison, Smithfield (top)


Varden, Dolly ( Barnaby Rudge ) PIX Daughter of Gabriel and Martha, friend of Emma Haredale, loved by Joe Willet who she eventually marries. (top)

Varden, Gabriel ( Barnaby Rudge ) PIX Honest locksmith and owner of the Golden Key where Simon Tappertit is apprenticed. Father of Dolly and long-suffering husband of Martha. He is a friend of Barnaby's mother and, after the Gordon riots, helps clear Barnaby's name.

Geolinks: Clerkenwell, London Bridge, Soho Square (top)


Varden, Martha ( Barnaby Rudge ) PIX Overbearing wife of Gabriel, mother of Dolly. A woman of "uncertain temper" and a fanatical protestant, her fanaticism is tempered after the riots when she witnesses the heroics of her husband (top)

Veck, Toby (Trotty) ( The Chimes ) PIX Poor ticket porter whose dream on New Year's Eve forms the basis of the story. (top)

Veneering, Hamilton and Anastasia ( Our Mutual Friend ) High society couple at whose frequent dinner parties the story of John Harmon is discovered. Hamilton buys his way into Parliament and is later bankrupt and the couple flees to France. (top)

Venus, Mr ( Our Mutual Friend ) PIX Taxidermist and general practitioner in bones. He enters into a scheme with Silas Wegg to blackmail Noddy Boffin, thinks better of it, and later tells Boffin of the plan. He is lovesick over Pleasant Riderhood who objects to his business. She later relents and marries him. (top)

The Vengeance ( A Tale of Two Cities ) Female revolutionist and friend of Madame Defarge. At the final execution she is left pondering the absence of Madame Defarge. A short, rather plump wife of a starved grocer. (top)

Verisopht, Lord Frederick ( Nicholas Nickleby ) PIX Foppish companion of Sir Mulberry Hawk. Hawk is planning to fleece him and when Verisopht tries to interfere in Hawk's plan of revenge on Nicholas Nickleby they duel, and Verisopht is killed. Exhibited a suit of clothes of the most superlative cut, a pair of whiskers of similar quality, a moustache, a head of hair, and a young face.

Geolinks: Regent Street (top)

Vholes, Mr. ( Bleak House ) PIX Richard Carstone's solicitor in Symond's Inn, recommended by Skimpole, who lures Richard deeper into the Chancery case that will ultimately lead to Richard's despair and death. A sallow man with pinched lips that looked as if they were cold, a red eruption here and there upon his face, tall and thin, about fifty years of age, high-shouldered, and stooping. Dressed in black, black-gloved, and buttoned to the chin, there was nothing so remarkable in him as a lifeless manner and a slow, fixed way he had of looking at Richard. (top)

Vholes, Emma, Jane, and Caroline ( Bleak House ) Daughters of Mr. Vholes who declares that his desire is so to discharge the duties of life as to leave them a good name. (top)


Wackles, Sophie ( 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.

Geolinks: Chelsea (top)

Wade, Miss ( Little Dorrit ) Dark figure who lures Tattycoram away from the kind-hearted Meagles whom she hates because of Pet Meagles' marriage to Henry Gowan, who had jilted her.

Geolinks: The Adelphi (top)

Walker, Mick ( David Copperfield ) Co-worker of David Copperfield at Murdstone and Grimby's warehouse. He wore a ragged apron and a paper cap. He informed me that his father was a bargeman, and walked, in a black velvet head-dress, in the Lord Mayor's Show. (top)

Walker ( David Copperfield ) Great grandfather of Miss Mowcher. He came of a long line of Walkers. (top)

Warden, Michael ( The Battle of Life ) Spendthrift lover of Marion Jeddler. Marion supposedly runs away with Warden which, in the end, turns out to be untrue. Later the reformed Warden marries Marion. (top)

Wardle ( Pickwick Papers ) PIX Yeoman farmer and owner of Manor Farm at Dingley Dell. Pickwick and his friends visit Manor Farm frequently. Wardle's daughter marries Pickwickian Augustus Snodgrass. Jingle tries to elope with Miss Rachel, Wardle's sister, but is caught and bought off by Wardle.

Geolinks: The Borough (top)

Wardle, Isabella ( Pickwick Papers ) Mr. Wardle's daughter who marries Trundle. (top)

Wardle, Emily ( Pickwick Papers ) Mr. Wardle's daughter who marries Augustus Snodgrass. (top)

Wardle, Old Mrs ( Pickwick Papers ) Mr. Wardle's partially deaf mother. (top)

Wardle, Rachael ( Pickwick Papers ) Mr. Wardle's spinster sister (aged 50 at least). She courts Tupman but is lured into elopement by Jingle, who is after her money. Rachael and Jingle are caught before a marriage can take place and Jingle is bought off by Mr. Wardle.

Geolinks: The Borough (top)

Waterbrook, Mr ( David Copperfield ) Mr Wickfield's agent with whom Agnes Wickfield stays while in London. He and Mrs Waterbrook reside at Ely Place, Holborn. A middle-aged gentleman, with a short throat, and a good deal of shirt-collar, who only wanted a black nose to be the portrait of a pug-dog. (top)

Waterbrook, Mrs ( David Copperfield ) Wife of Mr Waterbrook. A large lady — or who wore a large dress: I don’t exactly know which, for I don’t know which was dress and which was lady. (top)

Watkins, Mr ( Nicholas Nickleby ) Kate Nickleby's god-father, an old friend of the Nickleby's whom Kate's father had bailed out of jail. (top)

Wegg, Silas ( Our Mutual Friend ) PIX Rascally street vendor hired by Mr. Boffin to read to him. After installing himself in the Boffin household he goes about trying to get a piece of the Boffin fortune.

Geolinks: Cavendish Square (top)

Weller, Samuel ( Pickwick Papers ) PIX Mr. Pickwick's servant is one of the most popular characters in Dickens' works. He councils his master with Cockney wisdom and is thoroughly devoted to Pickwick. Samuel's father, Tony Weller, is equally entertaining.

Geolinks: The Borough, The Tower, Waterloo Bridge, Whitechapel (top)

Weller, Susan ( Pickwick Papers ) Second wife of Tony Weller who falls under the influence of the hypocritical Reverend Stiggins. She dies leaving a legacy to Tony and his son Sam Weller.

Geolinks: Brick Lane (top)

Weller, Tony ( Pickwick Papers ) PIX Father of Sam Weller, a coachman and repository of Cockney wisdom. His wife, Susan, is proprietor of the Marquis and Granby Inn in Dorking. Susan falls in with the hypocritical Reverend Stiggins, of the Brick Lane Temperance Association, who the frequently imbibing Tony later exposes.

Geolinks: Cheapside, Leadenhall Street, Whitechapel (top)

Wemmick, John ( Great Expectations ) PIX Jaggers' confidential clerk and friend of Pip who lives in a delightfully strange house with his father whom he calls the Aged Parent. A dry man, rather short in stature, with a square wooden face, whose expression seemed to have been imperfectly chipped out with a dull-edged chisel. There were some marks in it that might have been dimples, if the material had been softer and the instrument finer, but which, as it was, were only dints. The chisel had made three or four of these attempts at embellishment over his nose, but had given them up without an effort to smooth them off. I judged him to be a bachelor from the frayed condition of his linen ... He had glittering eyes-small, keen, and black and thin wide mottled lips. He had had them, to the best of my belief, from forty to fifty years.

Geolinks: Newgate Prison (top)

Mr Wemmick Sr - The Aged Parent ( Great Expectations ) John Wemmick's hard-of-hearing father who lives with his son. (top)

Westlock, John ( Martin Chuzzlewit ) Former pupil of Pecksniff and friend of Tom Pinch although they disagree about Pecksniff's character. He is instrumental in exposing Jonas Chuzzlewit and later marries Tom's sister Ruth Pinch. Good-looking youth.

Geolinks: Furnival's Inn (top)

Westwood ( Nicholas Nickleby ) Second for Sir Mulberry Hawk in the duel with Lord Frederick Verisopht. Described, along with Captain Adams, second for Verisopht, as Both utterly heartless, both men upon town, both thoroughly initiated in its worst vices, both deeply in debt, both fallen from some higher estate, both addicted to every depravity for which society can find some genteel name and plead its most depraving conventionalities as an excuse, they were naturally gentlemen of most unblemished honour themselves, and of great nicety concerning the honour of other people. (top)

Whilks, Mr ( Martin Chuzzlewit ) Man whom Sairey Gamp mistakes Seth Pecksniff for when Pecksniff summons her after the death of Anthony Chuzzlewit. Gamp mistakenly believes that Mrs Whilks is ready to deliver her baby. (top)

Whimple, Mrs ( Great Expectations ) Landlady of the house at Mill Pond Bank where Old Bill Barley and his daughter, Clara, live. Magwitch is kept secretly in the house waiting for the escape out of Britain. An elderly woman of a pleasant and thriving appearance. (top)

White, Mrs ( Martin Chuzzlewit ) Hostess of a ball "where all the beauty and fashion of New York was assembled", an account of which appears in the newspaper the New York Sewer. (top)

Wickfield, Agnes ( David Copperfield ) PIX Childhood friend of David Copperfield and daughter of Betsey Trotwood's lawyer Mr Wickfield. Becomes David's wife after the death of Dora. Although her face was quite bright and happy, there was a tranquillity about it, and about her — a quiet, good, calm spirit — that I never have forgotten; that I shall never forget. (top)

Mr. Wickfield ( David Copperfield ) Father of Agnes and lawyer to Betsey Trotwood. His overindulgence of wine causes him to be vulnerable to the schemes of Uriah Heep, who becomes his partner and attempts to ruin him. His hair was quite white now, though his eyebrows were still black. He had a very agreeable face, and, I thought, was handsome. There was a certain richness in his complexion, which I had been long accustomed, under Peggotty’s tuition, to connect with port wine; and I fancied it was in his voice too, and referred his growing corpulency to the same cause. He was very cleanly dressed, in a blue coat, striped waistcoat, and nankeen trousers; and his fine frilled shirt and cambric neckcloth looked unusually soft and white, reminding my strolling fancy (I call to mind) of the plumage on the breast of a swan. (top)

Wickham, Mrs ( Dombey and Son ) Paul Dombey Jrs' nurse after Polly Toodle is discharged. (top)

Wilfer, Bella ( Our Mutual Friend ) PIX Girl specified in old Harmon's will that his son John should marry in order to gain his inheritance. When John disappears and is presumed drowned she is left "a widow without ever being married." She leaves her home and goes to live with the Boffins where she is wooed by John Rokesmith, alias of John Harmon. She refuses him at first but later falls in love with him and they marry. She finds out later that he is really John Harmon and that they have gained his inheritance. (top)

Wilfer, Lavinia ( Our Mutual Friend ) Sister of Bella. Obstinate and quarrelsome, she takes posession of Bella's beau, George Sampson, when Bella goes to live with the Boffins. (top)

Wilfer, Reginald (R.W.) ( Our Mutual Friend ) Father of Bella, whom she adores. R.W. attends the wedding of of Bella to Rokesmith, unbeknownst to his overbearing wife. (top)

Wilkins, Dick ( A Christmas Carol ) Scrooge's fellow apprentice at Fezziwig's warehouse. (top)

Wilkins ( Martin Chuzzlewit ) Young man whose wife Sairey Gamp mistakenly believes has died when Poll Sweedlepipe tries to tell her that young Bailey has been killed. (top)

Willet, Joe ( Barnaby Rudge ) PIX Son of John Willet who resents his father's treatment of him, he joins the army and loses an arm in the American Revolution, later marries Dolly Varden. The couple become proprietors of the rebuilt Maypole Inn. A broad-shouldered strapping young fellow of twenty, whom it pleased his father still to consider a little boy, and to treat accordingly.

Geolinks: The Monument, Thames Street, Whitechapel (top)

Willet, John ( Barnaby Rudge ) PIX Burly, large-headed man with a fat face. Proprietor of the Maypole Inn and father of Joe. Father and son quarrel when John treats the adult Joe as a child and Joe leaves, joining the army. John witnesses the destruction of the Maypole by the rioters. He is later reconciled with his son who, along with wife Dolly, become proprietors of the rebuilt Maypole.

Geolinks: The Monument (top)

William ( David Copperfield ) PIX Waiter at the inn in Yarmouth where David Copperfield catches the stage for London who tricks David out of his ale and then his meal. He was a twinkling-eyed, pimple-faced man, with his hair standing upright all over his head; and as he stood with one arm a-kimbo, holding up the glass to the light with the other hand, he looked quite friendly. (top)

William [2] ( David Copperfield ) Coachman on the coach David Copperfield takes from Canterbury to London and tricks David out of his coach box seat. (top)

William ( Great Expectations ) Waiter at the Blue Boar. (top)

William ( Nicholas Nickleby ) Waiter at the Saracen's Head. (top)

Winkle, Nathaniel ( Pickwick Papers ) PIX Member of the Pickwick club and traveling companion to Pickwick and his friends. Winkle is supposedly the sportsman of the group but all of his attempts at sporting activities prove him a humbug. He marries Arabella Allen, which upsets his father. Later Winkle's father comes to London and sees his daughter-in-law for himself, and is reconciled to the marriage.

Geolinks: George and Vulture (top)

Winkle Senior ( Pickwick Papers ) Father of Nathaniel Winkle who opposes his son's marriage to Arabella Allen but is later reconciled to it. (top)

Wisk, Miss ( Bleak House ) Activist fiance of Mr Quale whose manner was grim. (top)

Witherden, Mr ( The Old Curiosity Shop ) Notary to whom Abel Garland is articled. He aids the Single Gentleman in the capture of Brass and in bringing down Quilp. (top)

Witherfield, Miss ( Pickwick Papers ) The lady in yellow curl papers whom Samuel Pickwick accidentally meets in her room at Ipswich. She is courted by Pickwick's fellow traveler to Ipswich, Peter Magnus. (top)

Withers ( Dombey and Son ) Mrs Skewton's "wan page" who pushes her wheeled chair. (top)

Wititterly, Henry ( Nicholas Nickleby ) Julia's husband. An important gentleman of about eight-and-thirty, of rather plebeian countenance, and with a very light head of hair.

Geolinks: Belgrave Square (top)

Wititterly, Julia ( Nicholas Nickleby ) Kate Nickleby becomes a companion to Julia after leaving Madame Mantalini's. Julia becomes jealous of Kate when Sir Mulberry Hawk begins to pay visits to their Belgravia home. Nicholas removes Kate from the home after he fights with Hawk. The lady had an air of sweet insipidity, and a face of engaging paleness; there was a faded look about her, and about the furniture, and about the house. She was reclining on a sofa in such a very unstudied attitude, that she might have been taken for an actress all ready for the first scene in a ballet, and only waiting for the drop curtain to go up.

Geolinks: Belgrave Square (top)

Wolf, Mr ( Martin Chuzzlewit ) Business associate of Tigg Montigue. Literary character...remarkably clever weekly paper. (top)

Woodcourt, Allan ( Bleak House ) A young surgeon who falls in love with Esther Summerson before going away as ship's doctor to India. On his return to England he learns that Esther is engaged to John Jarndyce. When Jarndyce learns that Esther is in love with Woodcourt he releases her to marry him. Described by Esther Summerson: I believe--at least I know--that he was not rich. All his widowed mother could spare had been spent in qualifying him for his profession. It was not lucrative to a young practitioner, with very little influence in London; and although he was, night and day, at the service of numbers of poor people and did wonders of gentleness and skill for them, he gained very little by it in money. He was seven years older than I. (top)

Woodcourt, Mrs ( Bleak House ) Proud mother of Allan Woodcourt. She was a pretty old lady, with bright black eyes, but she seemed proud. She came from Wales and had had, a long time ago, an eminent person for an ancestor, of the name of Morgan ap-Kerrig--of some place that sounded like Gimlet--who was the most illustrious person that ever was known and all of whose relations were a sort of royal family. He appeared to have passed his life in always getting up into mountains and fighting somebody; and a bard whose name sounded like Crumlinwallinwer had sung his praises in a piece which was called, as nearly as I could catch it, Mewlinnwillinwodd. (top)

Wopsle, Mr ( Great Expectations ) Parish clerk and friend of the Gargerys. He aspires to enter the church but instead becomes an actor with the stage name of Waldengarver. Pip sees him perform Hamlet in London. Mr. Wopsle, united to a Roman nose and a large shining bald forehead, had a deep voice which he was uncommonly proud of; indeed it was understood among his acquaintance that if you could only give him his head, he would read the clergyman into fits; he himself confessed that if the Church was "thrown open," meaning to competition, he would not despair of making his mark in it. The Church not being "thrown open," he was, as I have said, our clerk. But he punished the Amens tremendously; and when he gave out the psalm - always giving the whole verse - he looked all round the congregation first, as much as to say, "You have heard my friend overhead; oblige me with your opinion of this style!"

Wopsle's great-aunt was Pip's first teacher: she was a ridiculous old woman of limited means and unlimited infirmity, who used to go to sleep from six to seven every evening, in the society of youth who paid twopence per week each, for the improving opportunity of seeing her do it.

Geolinks: Warren's Blacking Factory (top)

Wrayburn, Eugene ( Our Mutual Friend ) Lawyer and friend of Mortimer Lightwood. He becomes interested in the Harmon case and meets Lizzie Hexam and falls in love with her. She loves him also but tries to distance herself from him because they come from different classes of society. Lizzie leaves London to get away from Bradley Headstone, the school teacher who also loves her, and Wrayburn. Eugene finds her and is followed by Headstone who attempts to murder him. Lizzie nurses Wrayburn back to health and they are married.

Geolinks: Vauxhall Bridge (top)

Wren, Jenny aka Fanny Cleaver ( Our Mutual Friend ) PIX Crippled doll's dressmaker with whom Lizzie Hexam lives after the death of her father. She helps Lizzie escape London when pursued by Headstone and Wrayburn.

Geolinks: Millbank (top)

Wrymug, Mrs ( Nicholas Nickleby ) Client of the General Agency Office who is seeking a cook. Pleasant Place, Finsbury. Wages, twelve guineas. No tea, no sugar. Serious family. (top)


Yawler ( David Copperfield ) Student at Salem House before David Copperfield's time there. With his nose on one side (top)