Mr. Rouncewell is the son of Mrs. Rouncewell, the father of Watt, and the brother of George. Mr. Rouncewell is an industrious and practical man who has made his fortune in the iron trade. He has rejected a career in Sir Leicester Dedlock’s service, where his family has worked for generations. He is very proud that he has deviated from this course and that he has made his own way in the world and provides for his family with his money made in manufacturing. Mr. Rouncewell is a caring man and a political activist. The reader is told that he successfully runs for Parliament and is staunchly opposed to Sir Leicester’s political conservativism. Mr. Rouncewell represents changes in social mobility during the 19th century, in which working men were no longer reliant on wealthy patrons to make their fortune but could make their own way in new industries and trade.
Mr. Rouncewell Character Timeline in Bleak House
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...Sir Leicester that the Dedlocks’ favored party has been ousted in one constituency, and that Mr. Rouncewell has taken this seat. Sir Leicester thinks this is most improper, and Volumnia is very... (full context)
...visit to an industrial town in the north of England to track down his brother, Mr. Rouncewell . When George arrives, in a landscape of sprawling factories and ironworks, and asks after... (full context)
...Mrs. Rouncewell to erase him from the will; since he has no children, he wants Mr. Rouncewell ’s family to inherit everything. Mr. Rouncewell says that there is no way Mrs. Rouncewell... (full context)