Bassett is the gardener at Paul’s house, a young man whose foot was wounded in World War I. He is also friends with Oscar Cresswell. Bassett talks with Paul about horse racing and is his partner in his initial betting (before Oscar finds out about it). Bassett is a serious but simple man who seems to value Paul greatly (even thinking that Paul has miraculous powers), and he keeps the money Paul wins in a safe place.
Bassett Quotes in The Rocking-Horse Winner
The The Rocking-Horse Winner quotes below are all either spoken by Bassett or refer to Bassett. 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 Penguin Classics edition of The Rocking-Horse Winner published in 2008.).
The Rocking-Horse Winner Quotes
“Oh, well, sometimes I’m absolutely sure, like about Daffodil,” said the boy; “and sometimes I have an idea; and sometimes I haven’t even an idea, have I, Bassett? Then we’re careful, because we mostly go down.”
Bassett Character Timeline in The Rocking-Horse Winner
The timeline below shows where the character Bassett appears in The Rocking-Horse Winner. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
The Rocking-Horse Winner