Phil is George’s manservant who helps him run the shooting gallery. Phil is extremely poor and is an orphan and knows little of his origins. When he was a child, he followed a traveling blacksmith to the city and worked in this profession until he was badly burned in an accident. As a result of his injuries, Phil’s face is scarred on one side, and he cannot use one side of his body. He gets around by dragging himself along the wall in the gallery. He lost his customers after this accident and was socially ostracized. George found Phil when he tripped over him, when Phil was lying in a drain in the street. George felt sorry for the poor man and took him on as his assistant. Phil is very loyal to George and is a hard worker. George is a loyal employer to Phil in turn and takes Phil with him at the novel’s end when George is given a job as Sir Leicester Dedlock’s attendant.
Phil Character Timeline in Bleak House
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