Inspired by Pete’s previous I had a closer look at ‘A Poor Man and His Beer’. I was surprised to see Cousin Feenix here, introduced in passing, as if we know him, as an upper-class, fast-living comparison to the poor man. I wonder if this is the same character as the noble, though unsteady on his legs, Cousin Feenix who comes from Baden Baden (where he’s off to die in this article) to his young cousin Edith’s wedding in Dombey and Son? He then goes on to do the right thing by Edith at the end. intrigued by this character, seemingly resurrected from an earlier Dickens novel, I continued through the installment to find in Trade Songs the figures of the workhouse nurse, cradling a foundling boy, and a heroic blacksmith. For me – although it might be stretching it and a bit of Dickens mania creeping in – these are the ghosts of Oliver Twist (past) and Joe Gargery (to come). What might it mean that alongside a serial concerned with people being recalled to life, that characters from across Dickens’s career stalk the number?