Characters Archives: Martha Varden

A lady of what is commonly called an uncertain temper—a phrase which being interpreted signifies a temper tolerably certain to make everybody more or less uncomfortable.

Background. “A lady of what is commonly called an uncertain temper—a phrase which being interpreted signifies a temper tolerably certain to make everybody more or less uncomfortable.” is a quotation from Barnaby Rudge (Chapter 7). Barnaby Rudge was the fifth novel from Charles Dickens, first published in 1841. It is the first of Dickens’s two […]

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