A reproduction of an original Hablot K. Browne oil painting owned by Miss G. Hogarth, of Mary Hogarth.  Mary Hogarth, the younger sister of Dickens’s wife Catherine Hogarth, lived with Catherine and Charles Dickens from shortly after their marriage until her untimely death in 1836: one evening while at home, Charles and Catherine heard a choking cry from Mary, who then quickly died in Dickens’s arms.  Dickens was so affected by Mary’s sudden and untimely death that he suspended his writing of Pickwick Papers, composed the writing on Mary’s headstone, and is said to have wished to be buried in the same grave with Mary.  In a letter to Mrs. Hogarth (Mary and Catherine’s mother), Dickens wrote “… after she [Mary] died, I dreamed of her every night for many months.”  Mary Hogarth’s death also influenced Dickens’s writing of the Old Curiosity Shop.  According to Edgar Johnson and John Forster, two of Dickens’s biographers, Dickens delayed the planned death of the character Little Nell because he felt such anguish over Mary’s death.  Further, according to Johnson, it was Dickens’s original intention in Oliver Twist to have his character Rose Maylie die.  However, Dickens kept Rose alive as he could not bear to describe her death in the book.  The circumstances surrounding the relationship between Dickens, Catherine and Mary are conjectural but nonetheless, rumors and suppositions were widespread during Dickens’s lifetime.  Some did conclude: “Where there is smoke, there is fire!”