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Main characters (principals) have to be made interesting if only because they are "around" so much  of the time. They are also tied to the book's serious themes, so we have to be able to take such  important characters seriously: They dare not be trivial, monotonously simple and unchanging, or  unreal. For most readers, neither John Jarndyce nor Esther Summerson is completely real. They are  characterized in such a way that they have dignity and seriousness, and they play crucial parts in the  working out of Dickens' important themes. Therefore, they invite comparison with individuals like  those found in real life. But when we make that comparison — and we do so spontaneously,  unconsciously, as we read — we discover that both characters seem too good to be true: unreal. Lady Dedlock, fortunately, is not marred by such pristine purity. She is a much more interesting 
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