Guster is the servant of Mr. Snagsby and Mrs. Snagsby, who run a law stationer’s shop outside the Chancery court. Guster is an orphan and is prone to seizures, which are brought on when she frightened or stressed. She is often stressed and alarmed working for Mrs. Snagsby, who is temperamental and alarmist, and thus often has fits while at work in the household. Guster is kind to the orphan, Jo, when he is brought to the house. She relates to him because she is also poor and friendless and shares her supper with the boy. Despite the stress of her workplace, Guster is grateful to work for the Snagsbys because her life with them is so much better than the conditions in the workhouse from which she was bought. Workhouses were notoriously filthy, overcrowded, and unsanitary and so, even as a mistreated servant, Guster has a better life than she would have in these establishments.
Guster Character Timeline in Bleak House
The timeline below shows where the character Guster appears in Bleak House. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...blessing the Snagsbys’ house. Once inside, he launches into his sermon but is interrupted by Guster, who tells them that the cabman who drove the Chadbands to the Snagsbys’ needs to... (full context)
...a long, pious speech about the food—and Mr. Chadband demolishes the platter set before him. Guster enters the room once more, drops a plate on Mr. Chadband’s head by accident, and... (full context)
...has nearly fallen asleep during Mr. Chadband’s lecture, is finally allowed to leave. He meets Guster downstairs, who shares her supper with him and asks Jo about his parents. They are... (full context)