Today marked the centenary of Georgina Hogarth's death on April 19, 1917. The sister of Charles Dickens's wife, Catherine, Georgina is something of an enigma. In the bitter split between Charles and Catherine, Georgina sided with her brother-in-law and chose to stay with him and the children, for reasons that are still not entirely clear. There were rumors of an affair between the two, but according to the most reliable sources, they were nothing but close friends. Dickens called Georgina "the active spirit of the house," and though it was said in a sad and troubling context, it's still a high tribute to a woman who provided some stability and comfort to the children who no doubt sorely needed it.