introducing mr bounderby

hard-timesdickens introduces mr bounderby. apart from bounderby’s baldness, why does john baird come to mind? ‘One might have fancied he had talked [his hair] off; and that what was left, all standing up in disorder, was in that condition from being constantly blown about by his windy boastfulness…. “I am not a refined character. Whoever expects refinement in me will be disappointed.” … “Stop a bit!” cried Bounderby, who all this time had been standing, as before, on the hearth, bursting at the very furniture of the room with explosive humility.’

what’s in a name? a bounder is old-fashioned british slang for ‘a morally reprehensible person, a cad’.

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