dickens grew up in a London where child labor was ruthlessly exploited.
dickens being dickens, the death of Mary Hogarth did not drive him to record only one girl's fate.
Flaubert, for instance, hated the works of dickens: “What defective composition!”
exclamation, 1590s, apparently a substitute for devil; probably altered from Dickon, nickname for Richard and source of the surnames Dickens and Dickenson, but exact derivation and meaning are unknown.
The devil; a devilish person: felt like the dickens/ let the dickens out on Halloween