"He had hoarded, all these years, I found, to good purpose. His property in money amounted to nearly three thousand pounds."

Of the many misers created by Charles Dickens, such as Scrooge and Fagin, Mr. Barkis is perhaps the most jovial and pleasant as a character.

£3,000 would have been a very comfortable sum of money during the nineteenth century, and according to the financial figures later revealed, the amount is close to half the amount of Betsey Trotwood’s fortune, so Peggotty’s share of the money would have provided her well for her years as a widow.