Micky Maguire is a homeless bootblack like Ragged Dick. However, whereas Dick yearns for a better life and ultimately earns one, Micky seems content with his lot in life and actively dislikes ambitious boys like Dick and Fosdick. He calls their ambition “putting on airs.” Micky is also something of a bully and a thug, having been to prison twice for stealing, and having beat up or otherwise intimidated boys in the past who he considered to have put on airs. Micky has little such luck with Dick, however, as Dick’s calm and collected nature enable him to easily outsmart the bully multiple times throughout Ragged Dick.
Micky Maguire Character Timeline in Ragged Dick: Or, Street Life in New York with the Boot Blacks
The timeline below shows where the character Micky Maguire appears in Ragged Dick: Or, Street Life in New York with the Boot Blacks. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 13: Mickey Maguire
Chapter 14: A Battle and a Victory
Chapter 17: Dick’s First Appearance in Society
Chapter 18: Mickey Maguire’s Second Defeat
Chapter 24: Dick Receives a Letter