Several are vivid

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Several are vivid — they "come alive" to our imagination. Most of the characters are distinctly "good"  or "bad" rather than in-between. Few, if any, undergo a significant change (development). And, as is  often the case, there is one character who is so benevolent (and well off) that he is able to reward  the deserving and bring events to a conclusion that is at least typical of Dickens and of Victorian  novels in general. No less characteristic is the abundance of highly dramatic (tense, high-pitched, or  otherwise striking) incidents. There is the inevitable fascination with eccentrics and grotesque people  and places — like Krook and his shop and Mr. Snagsby and the paupers cemetery. And, of course,  there is the sympathetic portrayal of a beleaguered child — here, little Jo. "Pure" — that is, virginal, incorruptible, and self-sacrificing — heroines like Esther Summerson and  Ada Clare are as Dickensian as anything can be. So are happy endings, and though 
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This note was uploaded on 11/29/2011 for the course ENG 101 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '08 term at Texas State.

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