The 10 Best Charles Dickens Characters

Vincent Crummles, Nicholas Nickleby

The bombastic, larger-than-life stage manager is a flawed hero to be sure — always trying to make a buck, he shamelessly puts his daughter on stage as the “Infant Phenomenon,” billing her as ten years old, though she’s probably been ten years old for close to eight years. Described as having “a very full under-lip, a hoarse voice, as though he were in the habit of shouting very much, and very short black hair, shaved off nearly to the crown of his head — to admit of his more easily wearing character wigs of any shape or pattern,” he is certainly a comic figure, but one that exemplifies Dickens’ love of the theatre quite magnificently.