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This kinda begs the question--is there a "shared universe" where Dickens characters can interact. This concept is a relatively new one, and I don't think characters in any one of Dickens' originals ever crossed paths with someone form another novel. But it's possible--I think of all of his stories taking place in the same reality. And in that reality Dickens himself, I'd wager wouldn't exist, even though in some pastiches I know of, the characters meet up with the author. One recent example that "hinted" at the whole shared universe concept was a recent BBC version of Bleak House, in which a "Mr. Brownlow" was addressed in a courtroom. I don't thing this occurred in the book. Was it the same same Brownlow in Oliver Twist(or a relation)? We'll probably never know.

Did (Whatever his name was) really hate the original ending to Great Expectations that much? I thought he just told Dickens that his readership would probably prefer a different one.

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