Forty-nine of us, forty-eight men and one woman, lay on the green waiting for the spike to open. We were too tired to talk much. We just sprawled about exhaustedly, with home-made cigarettes sticking out of our scrubby faces.
His father was a clerk in the Navy Pay Office and was temporarily stationed in the district. He asked Christopher Huffam,  rigger to His Majesty's Navy, gentleman, and head of an established firm, to act as godfather to Charles.
Huffam is thought to be the inspiration for Paul Dombey, the owner of a shipping company in Dickens's novel Dombey and Son His early life seems to have been idyllic, though he thought himself a "very small and not-over-particularly-taken-care-of boy".
His wife and youngest children joined him there, as was the practice at the time.
Pipchin" in Dombey and Son. Later, he lived in a back-attic in the house of an agent for the Insolvent CourtArchibald Russell, "a fat, good-natured, kind old gentleman To pay for his board and to help his family, Dickens was forced to leave school and work ten-hour days at Warren's Blacking Warehouse, on Hungerford Stairs, near the present Charing Cross railway stationwhere he earned six shillings a week pasting labels on pots of boot blacking.
The strenuous and often harsh working conditions made a lasting impression on Dickens and later influenced his fiction and essays, becoming the foundation of his interest in the reform of socio-economic and labour conditions, the rigours of which he believed were unfairly borne by the poor.
He later wrote that he wondered "how I could have been so easily cast away at such an age". The blacking-warehouse was the last house on the left-hand side of the way, at old Hungerford Stairs.
It was a crazy, tumble-down old house, abutting of course on the river, and literally overrun with rats. Its wainscoted rooms, and its rotten floors and staircase, and the old grey rats swarming down in the cellars, and the sound of their squeaking and scuffling coming up the stairs at all times, and the dirt and decay of the place, rise up visibly before me, as if I were there again.
The counting-house was on the first floor, looking over the coal-barges and the river. There was a recess in it, in which I was to sit and work. My work was to cover the pots of paste-blacking; first with a piece of oil-paper, and then with a piece of blue paper; to tie them round with a string; and then to clip the paper close and neat, all round, until it looked as smart as a pot of ointment from an apothecary's shop.
When a certain number of grosses of pots had attained this pitch of perfection, I was to paste on each a printed label, and then go on again with more pots. Two or three other boys were kept at similar duty down-stairs on similar wages.
One of them came up, in a ragged apron and a paper cap, on the first Monday morning, to show me the trick of using the string and tying the knot. On the expectation of this legacy, Dickens was released from prison.
Under the Insolvent Debtors ActDickens arranged for payment of his creditors, and he and his family left Marshalsea,  for the home of Mrs Roylance. Charles's mother, Elizabeth Dickens, did not immediately support his removal from the boot-blacking warehouse. This influenced Dickens's view that a father should rule the family, and a mother find her proper sphere inside the home: His mother's failure to request his return was a factor in his dissatisfied attitude towards women.
He did not consider it to be a good school: Creakle's Establishment in David Copperfield. He was a gifted mimic and impersonated those around him: He went to theatres obsessively—he claimed that for at least three years he went to the theatre every single day.
His favourite actor was Charles Mathewsand Dickens learnt his monopolylogues, farces in which Mathews played every characterby heart.
A distant relative, Thomas Charlton, was a freelance reporter at Doctors' Commonsand Dickens was able to share his box there to report the legal proceedings for nearly four years.
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Charles Dickens was born in Portsmouth, England on February 7, to John and Elizabeth Dickens. He was the second of eight children. His mother had been in service to Lord Crew, and his father worked as a clerk for the Naval Pay office.
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Charles Dickens was born on February 7, , the son of John and Elizabeth Dickens. John Dickens was a clerk in the Naval Pay Office.
He had a poor head for finances, and in found himself imprisoned for debt.