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 Character.Charbon’nerie Democrat’ique. 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Character (A).
An oddity. One who has a distinctive peculiarity of manner: Sam Weller is a character, so is Pickwick. And Sam Weller’s conduct in the law-court was “in character,” but had he betrayed his master it would have been “out of character.”   1

 Character.Charbon’nerie Democrat’ique. 

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