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Barnaby Rudge
  • The negligence and disorder of the whole man, with something fierce and sullen in his features, gave him a picturesque appearance” is a quotation from Barnaby Rudge (Chapter 11).

Context.

Description introducing the character of Hugh, a large rough looking man in the novel Barnaby Rudge.

Hugh (who isn’t given a surname) works as an ostler (stableman) at the Maypole Inn in Chigwell, Essex. Later on in the story, Hugh leads a rioting mob involved in the Gordon Riots.

Character Profile: Hugh.

Hugh (who isn’t given a surname) works at the Maypole Inn in Chigwell, Essex as an ostler (stableman). When Hugh was a young child his mother was hanged for forgery and as a result had to work on farms to earn money, so is illiterate from not having an education. He is described as strong and having a young, athletic, handsome appearance although he comes across as scruffy with his unkempt clothes and hair, as a result of his hard manual work. He sleeps on straw in the stables where his horses are kept. He becomes a leader of the group of rioters that rampage London in the Gordon Riots, for which he is imprisoned and executed.

Source.

The light that fell upon this slumbering form, showed it in all its muscular and handsome proportions. It was that of a young man, of a hale athletic figure, and a giant’s strength, whose sunburnt face and swarthy throat, overgrown with jet black hair, might have served a painter for a model. Loosely attired, in the coarsest and roughest garb, with scraps of straw and hay—his usual bed—clinging here and there, and mingling with his uncombed locks, he had fallen asleep in a posture as careless as his dress. The negligence and disorder of the whole man, with something fierce and sullen in his features, gave him a picturesque appearance, that attracted the regards even of the Maypole customers who knew him well, and caused Long Parkes to say that Hugh looked more like a poaching rascal to-night than ever he had seen him yet.

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