Uncle's manservant - a faithful friend and helper. He looks after Uncle
very well because Uncle once saved him from a mean old stepfather who
tried to sell him for a quid.
is much larger than most cats, and very playful, though he looks grave
and thoughtful. He is very loyal to Uncle as he was exploited by his previous
employer - the wizard Blenkinsop.
Once an enemy of Uncle's who constructed traps for him. However, that
was a long time ago, and now all his skill is at Uncle's disposal, creating
He is an excellent worker, everlastingly scrubbing things. He is trustworthy
and good at carrying blankets, baskets of buttered biscuits, bottles of
meat extract, etc. which can be very useful on expeditions and such like.
The best farmer in the neighbourhood, supplies vegetables to Uncle. A
little, smiling, man he sometimes wears spade boots. Boots with small
spades attached for digging.
He is an old man who has the farm next to Mute's. He has long white whiskers
down to his feet, and he is a great miser. He has a pound coin as big
as a millstone. It's two feet thick, and almost six feet high, and therefore
almost impossible, even for the Badfort crowd, to steal. At night he sits
and looks at it.
Gubbins is a wonderful strong man. He always arrives with a very heavy
trunk and the first thing he does is to rush up the big staircase, carrying
his trunk balanced in one hand. Everyone likes to see him do it. Cloutman,
on the other hand, cannot carry great weights, but he can strike terrible
blows. One smack with his fist can make a lion stagger and fall. Uncle
finds them very useful for subduing the Badfort crowd.
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