Ragged Dick: Or, Street Life in New York with the Boot Blacks

by

Horatio Alger

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Mrs. Mooney Character Analysis

Mrs. Mooney is Ragged Dick’s, and later Fosdick’s, landlady. She is frazzled and overworked, often struggling to make ends meet. Her financial situation is such that she’s willing to take less rent from Dick than she normally accepts, just to make sure she has additional funds coming in. Mooney shows deference to Dick because of his fancy dress, and shows it even more when she realizes the size of Dick’s saving’s account. However, this deference doesn’t extend to the cleaning of their rooms, as the boys often complain about the houses’ unkempt nature.
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Mrs. Mooney Character Timeline in Ragged Dick: Or, Street Life in New York with the Boot Blacks

The timeline below shows where the character Mrs. Mooney 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 12: Dick Hires a Room on Mott Street
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...of the city and agrees to pay seventy-five cents a week for it. His landlady, Mrs. Mooney , is surprised that such a well-dressed young man is interested in the room, but... (full context)
Chapter 16: The First Lesson
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The next morning, Dick tells his landlord that Fosdick will be living there as well. She agrees, while adding twenty-five cents to... (full context)
Chapter 21: Dick Loses His Bank-book
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The pair approach Mrs. Mooney about the problem. Upon learning how much money Dick had saved, the landlady views him... (full context)