Charles Dickens ten Boom was 7,1812 February, in Port sea, England. Feeling parents were middle-class, but they suffered financially as a result of living beyond their means. When Dickens was twelve years old, his family's dire straits forced him to quit school and work in a factoiy where blacking (shoe Polish was manufactured). Within weeks, his father was put in debtor's prison, where Dickens's mother and siblings eventually joined him. At this point, Dickens lived on his own for several months and continued on to work at the factory. The horrific conditions in the factory haunted him for the rest of his life, as it did the experience of temporary orphanhood.