Some of George and Weedon’s characters…

But first…
Dulltown, UK/Europe: Today’s unusual pencil sharpener is the one shaped like an owl hooting from an oak tree on a foggy damp night.

Now, dear reader, you may have noticed that over the past couple of months I have slipped in two or three quotations from a particularly humorous book I am currently reading – The Diary of a Nobody (1892) by George and Weedon Grossmith. I have noticed that most of the characters in the story have rather nice, and slightly silly, names. They remind me a little of those spare character names that Veronica Crush, writer from the glory days of the Hull Surrealist League sends me from time to time. (Crush names)

Yesterday I thought that it might be nice to take my copy of the book to my usual cafe so that I could thumb through, pick out some amusing ones for you, and jot them down in my little notebook. Here’s a picture, it shows the book, and my pot of tea – the photo is really just to verify that I am not deceiving you and making all this stuff up.

I suppose you are wondering why the teabag is in my cup and not in the teapot – I always like my green tea strong so I pour some tea into the cup and then add the bag for a few minutes until the liquid turns that lovely dark honey colour, and then put the bag, after a quick squeeze, back in its pot.
Those very classy illustrations in the book were done by Weedon G. by the way.
Here we go then:

Dramatis Personae:

Charles and Carrie Pooter
Mr Cummings and Mr Gowing
Mr Horwin the butcher
Mr Borset the butterman
Mr Perkupp (Mr Pooter’s boss)
Mr Franching of Peckham
Lupin Pooter (Pooter’s son)
Polly Presswell
Daisy Mutlar
Mr Nackles
Mr Sprice Hogg
Mr Padge
Mr Burwin-Fosselton
Mrs Fernlosse
Smirksons’ the Drapers
Mr Murray Posh
Mr Job Cleanands
Mrs Lupkin of Southend
Teddy Finsworth
Mr Hardfur Huttle (an American)
Mr and Mrs Samuel Hillbutter
Mr Crowbillion
Gylterson & Sons
Mr Birks Spooner

About Dave Whatt

Grumpy old surrealist artist, musician, postcard maker, bluesman, theatre set designer, and debonair man-about-town. My favourite tools are the plectrum and the pencil...
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2 Responses to Some of George and Weedon’s characters…

  1. ktz2 says:

    It’s hard to pick just one but the one that made me laugh was Mr Nackles

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