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Several names in Dickens' novel The Mystery of Edwin Drood have been the source of disagreement among scholars. Among these are Drood itself, which may relate to rood ‘cross’; Neville Landless, both parts suggesting disenfranchisement; and the pet names for Rosa Bud, Rosebud and Pussy, both of which probably should not carry the sexual connotations some have ascribed to them.
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