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Thumble, The Rev. Caleb

A humble and obsequious pensioner in the train of Mrs. Proudie, to whom she planned to give the living at Hogglestock when Mr. Crawley was ejected.

He plays the same part in the plot of Did He Steal It?, but as a schoolmaster rather than a clergyman.

"...a little man, about forty years of age ...who existed on such chance clerical crumbs as might fall from the table of the bishop's patronage.... He was a humble, mild-voiced man when within the palace precincts" - The Last Chronicle of Barset