in search of a character

Google seems increasingly debased as a search engine for matters serious. The flooding of the internet with blogs (of which this is an additional droplet) can’t be helping.  I am seeking a list of characters in literature. I know they exist in book form and I am sure I discovered them on the web in the past. But I can’t find one now. Not a proper one.

I am stuck on Araucaria‘s bumper Xmas crossword puzzle for a Rudyard Kipling character. The  top entries, of the 77,300 results within 0.23 seconds, are about the Jungle Book (but the Disney version). Because there are other clues relating to writers and books, I search for a list of literary characters in general, of which there are 35,000,000, but the best I come up with is weighted heavily towards children’s books and comics with Captain Ahab being the exception.

It is the final of Strictly Come Dancing tonight and it turns out that Vince Cable will dance in the Christmas edition. In view of his unprincipled stand on students fees this is as wholesome as Hitler in I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here. Actually, a series of I’m a Celeb composed of notorious dead people might be interesting.… Hitler, Jesus, Alexander the Great, Marquis de Sade, Queen Victoria, Helen of Troy, Immanuel Kant, Beethoven, Marilyn Monroe,  Joan of Arc?

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13 responses to “in search of a character

  1. I didn’t think much of this xword – too convoluted, too obscure and too ostentatiously clever. No fun. But keep trying!

  2. John Graham (Rev)

    God, you must be thick. Anyone could see that the Kipling character is Yellow Dog Dingo. Do the suduko next time.

  3. Don’t worry. Remember how Matthew 5:11-12 starts.

  4. de Sade (Marquis)

    Hmmm. Religions are the cradle of despotism.

  5. Ah, But what luck for rulers that men don’t think!

  6. Freedom to speak or write can be taken from us by a superior power, but never the freedom to think!

  7. I despise. a world that does not feel that music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy

  8. There was a world … Or was it all a dream?

  9. it’s all make belief, isn’t it?

  10. Not true. There is nothing impossible to him who will try.

  11. I’m bored with this. Anyone got a light?

  12. I don’t think this is funny.

  13. What about a twist on the I’m a Celeb format and have famous Australians coming to England and being forced to eat our food and watch X-Factor? Kylie, Paul Hogan, Ned Kelly, Dame Edna… er… David Gumpilil… that golfer… yeah…

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