Eccentric Characters in Charles Dickens Novels
One of the things that make Charles Dickens novels so interesting is the abundance of eccentric characters. It almost seems that with the exception of the heroes in the books, most of the characters are eccentric to some degree. By this I mean they are persons of unconventional and strange views or behavior.
For example, in Great Expectations Miss Havisham is a probable 40 year old spinster who lives the same way she did on her wedding date 20 years ago when she was jilted by her fiancee. Time has stopped for her and she still wears her wedding dress.
Moving on to Oliver Twist , Fagin the Jew reminds me of being eccentric. He lives in London as the ringleader of young pickpockets.
Finally, in David Copperfield , most of the characters are eccentric. Aunt Betsy who mistakes David as her god-niece lives with the mentally challenged Mr. Dick. Mr. Bakus a coach driver and husband of Peggotty is a weird miser. Other notable eccentrics are Mr. and Mrs. Micawber, and Dr. Strong the headmaster of David's school. Dr. Strong usually has his mind in the clouds and is married to a woman young enough to be his granddaughter.
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