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Mr. Bumble chalkware toby jug produced by Friar Ware of Devon, England, circa 1960. Mr. Bumble is a fictional character and minor antagonist in the 1838 novel "Oliver Twist" by Charles Dickens. Mr. Bumble is the cruel and self-important beadle, a minor parish official who oversees the parish workhouse and orphanage of Mudfog where the orphaned Oliver Twist is brought up. The expression "Bumbledom" is named after the character and is used to describe the "meddlesome self-importance of the petty bureaucrat."
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