Bleak House Characters

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Esther Summerson

Esther Summerson is raised by Ms. Barbary, her godmother, who denies her the knowledge of her background, only disclosing that it would be better if she had never been born. Her godmother never mentioned to her anything about her mother's grave or her parents past, as she regarded as suitable for Esther only what was useful and needed.

Esther, in her modesty, considers herself to be only a little clever as she has no means of quick understanding. She has always longed for friendship and love. Her only companion in her childhood was a little doll while she was brought up with care but without idleness.

While staying with Mrs. Barbary, Esther was never allowed to have friends or make friendships. She was not allowed to accept invitations and had difficulties getting along with children in her class that were older than her.

Her disposition is affectionate...

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