Greatest Dickens character is Scrooge
EBENEZER Scrooge has been voted the most popular Charles Dickens character in a poll held to mark the 200th anniversary of the author's birth. Seven out of the top 10 characters were villains, with Miss Havisham from Great Expectations second.
Claire Tomalin, a Dickens biographer, said: "People love villains. Scrooge is a double-whammy he's allowed to repent and become good."
The most popular Dickens on the Penguin website were:
1. Ebenezer Scrooge - A Christmas Carol; 2. Miss Havisham - Great Expectations 3. Sydney Carton - A Tale Of Two Cities;
4. The Artful Dodger - Oliver Twist; 5. Fagin - Oliver Twist
6. Joe Gargery - Great Expectations; 7. Pip - Great Expectations; 8. Nancy - Oliver Twist; 9. Abel Magwitch - Great Expectations
10. Betsey Trotwood - David Copperfield.