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Synopsis of Dickens's Novels. By S. Walker McSpadden. (Chapman and

Hall. 2s. 6d. net.)—This book, if it finds a public--and we do not doubt that it will—will be a fresh proof of Dickens's popularity. It gives a list of his books and scattered articles in chronological order, the arguments of his tales, and the "cast of characters" in each. An interesting

examination-paper might be made out of these. Here is a question by which our readers—we do not want any answers sent in—may test their knowledge of Dickens for themselves. " Who were Gunter, Summery, Garnfield, Jowl, Pelkins, Toodle, and Tungay ?"