Mr. Greyson is a businessman and Sunday School teacher who first meets Ragged Dick when the boy offers to shine his shoes. Dick is unable to provide Greyson with the proper change, and Greyson suggests that the boy bring the change to his office later on. He doesn’t suspect this will actually happen but is curious to see if Dick will keep the change or return it as promised. Throughout the story, Greyson is always willing to take a chance on Dick and, later, on Fosdick, despite the two boys’ lowly status in life. He invites the boys into his home, treats them as equals, and works hard to improve their religious education. He also provides a generous recommendation to Fosdick, which helps him secure his job as a store clerk. Although Greyson appears only sporadically, his appearance always enriches the boys’ lives.
Mr. Greyson Quotes in Ragged Dick: Or, Street Life in New York with the Boot Blacks
The Ragged Dick: Or, Street Life in New York with the Boot Blacks quotes below are all either spoken by Mr. Greyson or refer to Mr. Greyson. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Signet edition of Ragged Dick: Or, Street Life in New York with the Boot Blacks published in 1990.).
Mr. Greyson Character Timeline in Ragged Dick: Or, Street Life in New York with the Boot Blacks
The timeline below shows where the character Mr. Greyson 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 1: Ragged Dick Is Introduced to the Reader
Chapter 15: Dick Secures a Tutor
...shining shoes, Dick remembers that he failed to return the change he’d promised to Mr. Greyson days earlier. He goes to the gentleman’s office immediately, hoping that the man won’t think... (full context)
Chapter 16: The First Lesson
Chapter 17: Dick’s First Appearance in Society
Chapter 19: Fosdick Changes His Business
...seem at a loss when he’s asked for references. However, at that exact moment, Mr. Greyson enters the store and greets Fosdick happily. Greyson eagerly tells the store’s owner about Fosdick’s... (full context)