Characters of Dombey and Son.

Illustration of the Dombey family from an 1867 edition of Dombey and Son.

Illustration of the Dombey family from an 1867 edition of Dombey and Son.


Mr Paul Dombey.

The main character. Mr. Dombey is a widower with two children. He only considers his son, Paul, to be worthy of his attention and his daughter, Florence, is merely a “bad boy.”

Paul was to carry on the family name, but died of an illness that shattered Mr. Dombey’s hopes for an heir. Dombey’s neglect of his daughter Florence caused problems his second wife, Edith, whom he essentially purchased. Due to Edith’s hatred for him and Dombey’s misplaced trust in James Carker, Dombey loses his business and his wealth. Dombey finally realised that his daughter was the only person who truly cared for him, even when he had nothing left. He reconnects with Florence in his later years and gains an heir through his son-in-law.


Edith Granger.

The proud widowed daughter of Mrs Skewton who becomes the second Mrs Dombey.


Mrs Fanny Dombey.

Mr Dombey’s first wife, mother of Florence and Paul, dies soon after Paul is born.


Master Paul Dombey (Little Dombey).

The son, weak and often ill. Charles Dickens used the character of his older sister Fanny’s weak and deformed child Henry Burnett as the inspiration behind the character of Paul Dombey.


Miss Florence (Floy) Dombey.

Elder daughter whom Mr Dombey neglects. She marries Walter and has two children.


Mrs Louisa Chick.

Mr Dombey’s sister


Mr Chick.

Husband of Mrs Chick


Miss Lucretia Tox.

Friend of Mrs Chick, great admirer of Mr Dombey, and neighbour of Major Joseph Bagstock.


James Carker (Mr Carker the Manager).

Devious manager in Mr Dombey’s business.


John Carker (Mr Carker the Junior).

Disgraced older brother of James, lower level employee in Dombey’s business.


Miss Harriet Carker .

Sister of James and John.


Mr Morfin.

Assistant manager in Mr Dombey’s business.


Mr Perch.

Messenger in Mr Dombey’s business


Solomon (Uncle Sol) Gills.

Ships’ instrument maker and owner of the “Wooden Midshipman”, a shop.


Walter Gay.

Nephew of Gills, friend to Florence, employee of Mr Dombey, sent away by Carker the Manager.


Captain Edward (Ned) Cuttle.

Retired hook-handed sea captain and friend of Solomon Gills.


Major Joseph Bagstock (Josh, Joe, J.B., Old Joe).

Conceited retired army major, admirer of Miss Tox, friend of Mr Dombey until his downfall.




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