Mrs. Whitefield: Character Analysis in Tom Jones

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     The sensible Mrs. Whitefield of 'The Bell' at Gloucester was certainly drawn from the life; and the gaunt, white-bearded strangely dressed Man of the Hill, who, at the age of eighty-eight, was still vigorous enough to climb the Mazard, was probably modeled on some eccentric Worcestershire recluse, whose extraordinary mode of life attracted notice in his day, but who, now for a long while, has been forgotten. Another personage, the king of the gypsies, though not exactly a portrait, was apparently sketched with the object of ridiculing that picturesque vagabond, Bampfylde-Moore Carew, commonly known as the 'King of the Beggars'.

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