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10 Literary Figures We'd Hate To Have Over Christmas Dinner

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First Posted: 20/12/11 15:49 Updated: 20/12/11 16:22

When we set out to pick the ten characters from literature that we’d hate to have over for Christmas dinner, we had one simple rule – no monsters.

By that we meant out-and-out creatures of the night - Bram Stoker’s Dracula or Milton’s Satan were both chucked out early - as well as human monsters like Annie Wilkes from Misery.

No, what we were looking for were the real men, women and children from literature that would ruin our Christmas day.

As it happened, the final list began to make a figgy toffee pudding with the undead seem quite palatable...

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Emma (Jane Austen)

Jane Austen's chatterbox spinster is friendly enough, but by the time we got down to the cheese board and our fifth glass of Buck's Fizz the temptation to tell her to put a sock in it would become too great. And fans of Emma all know where embarrassing Miss Bates gets you - crying into your picnic after being told off by Mr. Knightley.

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