The opening lines of Dombey and Son. Paul Dombey is sat in an arm chair whilst his new born son (also called Paul) is being kept warm in a basket by the fire.

Mr. Paul Dombey.

The main character. Mr. Dombey is a widower with two children. He only considers his son, Paul, to be worthy of his attention and his daughter, Florence, is merely a “bad boy.”

Paul was to carry on the family name, but died of an illness that shattered Mr. Dombey’s hopes for an heir. Dombey’s neglect of his daughter Florence caused problems his second wife, Edith, whom he essentially purchased. Due to Edith’s hatred for him and Dombey’s misplaced trust in James Carker, Dombey loses his business and his wealth. Dombey finally realised that his daughter was the only person who truly cared for him, even when he had nothing left. He reconnects with Florence in his later years and gains an heir through his son-in-law.

Edith Granger.

The proud widowed daughter of Mrs. Skewton who becomes the second Mrs. Dombey.

Mrs. Fanny Dombey.

Mr. Dombey’s first wife, mother of Florence and Paul, dies soon after Paul is born.

Master Paul Dombey (Little Dombey).

The son, weak and often ill. Charles Dickens used the character of his older sister Fanny’s weak and deformed child Henry Burnett as the inspiration behind the character of Paul Dombey.

Miss Florence (Floy) Dombey.

Elder daughter whom Mr. Dombey neglects. She marries Walter and has two children.

Mrs. Louisa Chick.

Mr. Dombey’s sister

Mr. Chick.

Husband of Mrs. Chick

Miss Lucretia Tox.

Friend of Mrs Chick, great admirer of Mr. Dombey, and neighbour of Major Joseph Bagstock.

Dickens describes James Carker, the ever-smiling but villanous manager of the firm Dombey and Son.

James Carker (Mr. Carker the Manager).

Devious manager in Mr. Dombey’s business.

John Carker (Mr. Carker the Junior).

Disgraced older brother of James, lower level employee in Dombey’s business.

Miss Harriet Carker.

Sister of James and John.

Mr. Morfin.

Assistant manager in Mr. Dombey’s business.

Mr. Perch.

Messenger in Mr. Dombey’s business

Solomon (Uncle Sol) Gills.

Ships’ instrument maker and owner of the “Wooden Midshipman”, a shop.

Walter Gay.

Nephew of Gills, friend to Florence, employee of Mr. Dombey, sent away by Carker the Manager.

Captain Edward (Ned) Cuttle.

Retired hook-handed sea captain and friend of Solomon Gills.

Major Joseph Bagstock (Josh, Joe, J.B., Old Joe).

Conceited retired army major, admirer of Miss Tox, friend of Mr. Dombey until his downfall.

Mrs. Pipchin.

Runs lodgings in Brighton where the younger Paul Dombey is sent away to stay, with his sister Florence, to help his poor health.