Among his many other gifts, Charles Dickens was great at giving the minor characters in his novels "telling" names, like Flite and Smallweed. What sort of character, I wonder, would he have named "Simon Callow"? A person of strangely mixed qualities, presumably, one engaged in a slick and shady trade like simony, yet still startlingly naive ("callow"). Well, the real Simon Callow proves the validity of Dickens's method.... More >>>