Part the First of my sequel to Oliver Twist, “Of Vengeance and pork pies”, can now be downloaded for 0.99USD/0.99GBP from http://bit.ly/FaginReturns-1. A slightly different version will soon be available in Kindle format from Amazon.
In these introductory chapters we meet the following characters from the tale:
- Abraham Fagin (AKA Cohen), who escaped execution after being sentenced to death in Charles Dickens’s Oliver Twist, now returned from the Indies a rich and respectable man.
- Jack Dawkins (AKA the Artful Dodger), originally the oldest of Fagin’s gang of street urchins, now returned from the Indies with Fagin.
- Oliver Twist (AKA Nolly), hero of Oliver Twist, who has taken the surname of Brownlow, after his rescuer in Dickens’s tale.
- Shallow Brown (AKA Ratty), a shantyman on board the vessel, Sugar City, transporting Cohen and Dawkins into Tilbury. He is also a “blower” (or police informant).
- Hannah Thweedle, landlady of the lodgings where Cohen and Dawkins take up residence. She, also, is a “blower”.
- James Solomougou (AKA Jimbo), Cohen’s black manservant.
- Sarah Thweedle (AKA Sal), the landlady’s daughter.
- Chief Inspector Grabwell, police officer with an “eyrie” high up below the eaves of the new Scotland Yard building.
- Timothy Grice (originally Greisz, AKA Porky), a pieman from Melton Mowbray.
- HRH Prince Albert, Consort to Queen Victoria.
- Admiral Sir Augustus William James Clifford, 1st Baronet Kt, CB, MP, Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod.
- Edward Monks (AKA Leeford, first Earl of Newdigate), Oliver Twist’s wicked half-brother.
Among those characters we shall meet in future parts of the tale will be:
Nemo, Nebbie, Posh, Ruby, and Sphinx, London street urchins, Commander, a gangleader of London street urchins, Richard Ryan, master of the St Marylebone workhouse, Jemima, Ryan’s clerk, Sir Charles Young, Garter King of Arms, Sir Richard Sutton, Bart, Master of the Quorn Hunt, Melton Mowbray, Watkins, Sir Richard’s butler, Robert Surtees, author of Jorrocks’ Jaunts and Jollities, a Melton Mowbray Beadle, Lord Elgin, Governor-General of Jamaica, Hamish McTavish, owner of a Jamaican sugar plantation, Karl Marx, a student in the British Museum Library, and Charles Dickens, an author.