Charles started out at William Giles school in Chatham.He attended the for approx.1
year.After he left there, he went to Kent from age 9 to 11 years old. He then moved on to the Wellington House Academy in
London for nearly 3 years.He went there from age 13 to 15 years old.After attending the Academy, he moved on to be largely
self educated. Despite the Dickens family financial problems, John and Elizabeth always set aside funds to help put their
children through some type of university or academy. They worked toward making their children have some type of talent or
qualifications to offer. They wanted to make sure their money was going toward something their kids loved doing for their
education. However, they believed that Charles would be the one out of the eight children to make them weathly one day, so
they invested alot of money into Charles and his education. Charles thought otherwise. Their daughter Fanny had an interest
in music, so they her to an academy to study just that. Charles had a desire and a drive to want to do better than
what he was doing, but by him having to work in the factory, he didnt get to change his dream into reality. He
was left enough money in the will to pay off his debts and to leave prison. Some of the inheritance was used to educated Charles
at a nearby private school, Wellington House Academy. Charles was only a fair student. Charles disliked the work but
he did enjoy walking the streets in the evening observing the people of London. He decided he wanted to become a reporter.
He admired this job, and later in life made it one of his major occupations.
1975-1981 by David Wallechinsky & Irving Wallace
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