Characters is a series of 12 sketches written by Charles Dickens covering stories of London scenes and people. The series, along with Our Parish, Scenes and Tales form the 56 sketches that make up Sketches by Boz, published in 1836.
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Chapter 1. THOUGHTS ABOUT PEOPLE.
There is a numerous class of people in this great metropolis who seem not to possess a single friend, and whom nobody appears to care for.Thoughts about People.
Chapter 2. A CHRISTMAS DINNER.
Chapter 3. THE NEW YEAR.
There must have been some few occurrences in the past year to which we can look back, with a smile of cheerful recollection, if not with a feeling of heartfelt thankfulness.The New Year.
Chapter 4. MISS EVANS AND THE EAGLE.
Carried to their respective abodes in a hackney-coach, and a state of insensibility, compounded of shrub, sherry, and excitement.Miss Evans and the Eagle.
Chapter 5. THE PARLOUR ORATOR.
Chapter 6. THE HOSPITAL PATIENT.
Her face bore deep marks of the ill-usage she had received.The Hospital Patient.
Chapter 7. THE MISPLACED ATTACHMENT OF MR. JOHN DOUNCE.
Chapter 8. THE MISTAKEN MILLINER. A TALE OF AMBITION.
Chapter 9. THE DANCING ACADEMY.
Chapter 10. SHABBY-GENTEEL PEOPLE.
Chapter 11. MAKING A NIGHT OF IT.
Chapter 12. THE PRISONERS’ VAN.
The crowd were on the tiptoe of expectation.The Prisoners’ Van.