George is an ex-soldier who runs a shooting gallery near the Chancery court and who keeps a manservant named Phil. George is a bachelor and has lived a rootless life. He has never settled anywhere since his time in the army and, although he has a family, he is too ashamed to contact them and tell them where he is. George left home very young to become a soldier and never returned. His mother is Mrs. Rouncewell, Sir Leicester Dedlock’s housekeeper at Chesney Wold, and his brother is Mr. Rouncewell, who became a successful ironmonger in the north of England. George is an honorable, gentle, and kindhearted man and does not intend to hurt his mother, who is heartbroken by his departure. He is so good and modest that he underestimates how much people care for him and believe that once he is gone, they will easily forget him. However, this assessment is clearly unfounded: many people care deeply for George, including his good friends Mr. Bagnet and Mrs. Bagnet, and George’s mother and brother welcome him warmly when he returns home at the novel’s end. George has no mind for business and has gone into debt to start his gallery, which has subsequently failed to make money. He borrowed this money from Mr. Smallweed, who charges him so much in interest that he pays the amount back several times. He has been given security on the debt by Mr. Bagnet and is deeply ashamed when Mr. Smallweed unexpectedly calls the money in. George is wrongfully accused of Mr. Tulkinghorn’s murder at the end of the novel, but he is released when the policeman, Mr. Bucket, discovers the real culprit is Mademoiselle Hortense. George is suspected at first because he has been blackmailed by Mr. Tulkinghorn: to save himself from debtor’s prison, George gave Mr. Tulkinghorn a letter from Captain Hawdon that revealed the Captain’s youthful affair with Lady Dedlock, which resulted in the birth of Esther Summerson.
George Character Timeline in Bleak House
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...when Esther and Mr. Jarndyce have gone to visit Richard, they meet his combat instructor, George. Mr. Jarndyce asks George about his customers at the gallery, and George tells them that... (full context)
...and Judy drags him back slightly. Mr. Smallweed eyes the surrounding weapons rather nervously and George asks him for his pipe. This sends Mr. Smallweed into an impotent rage and he... (full context)
...is walking in the garden, when Mr. Woodcourt hurries towards her and tells her that George has been arrested for Mr. Tulkinghorn’s murder. Esther is horrified when she remembers Lady Dedlock’s... (full context)
...and immediately bursts into tears. She composes herself quickly though, and tells Esther that although George will never admit this, his mother is still alive and must be summoned. Mrs. Bagnet... (full context)
...solve the crime. He told Mrs. Bucket to relay to Mademoiselle Hortense that it was George who had committed the murder. Mrs. Bucket then stuck close by Mademoiselle Hortense and told... (full context)
...silenced the gun using curtain fabric from Chesney Wold, and that she, Lady Dedlock, and George all visited Mr. Tulkinghorn that night in a relatively short space of time. The day... (full context)
...together and travel through a landscape of half constructed railway lines, towards the prison where George is held. Mrs. Rouncewell is overcome with gratitude and begins to cry. She tells Mrs.... (full context)
...bored with her duty as caregiver. When Mrs. Rouncewell returns, Volumnia begins to talk about George—she adores a soldier—and Mrs. Rouncewell explains to Sir Leicester that her son has been found.... (full context)
...the family crypt. Sir Leicester is an invalid now and goes about the grounds with George by his side. Sir Leicester still maintains his dispute with Mr. Boythorn, but Mr. Boythorn... (full context)