04/04/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Charles Dickens Characters Have A 'Secret Queer Side,' Says UK Professor

Pip and Herbert from Great Expectations are among those who really have homosexual leanings, the study by Dr Holly Furneaux of Leicester University claimed.

Often Dickens' male characters "conveniently" fall in love with the sister of their best friend, which she read as further evidence that he had woven the suggestion of homosexual relationships into his plots.

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