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Charles Dickens, like Pip in Great Expectations, wanted to be a gentleman. As the oldest son, he planned to attend a boarding school and continue his higher education at Oxford or Cambridge. When he was about twelve, however, his parents put him to work in a blacking factory for some months and his education was temporarily discontinued. He later studied at a minor school and became the equivalent of a court reporter (a very difficult job). His dream was realized as his writings brought him financial success and undreamt-of fame.

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Charles Dickens dreamed of becoming a lawyer when he was a child. He also harbored aspirations of being an actor and in his later years, he pursued his passion for writing and became a successful novelist.

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