Bertie Blenkinsop

Bertie Blenkinsop singing in a choir

Bertie Blenkinsop is one of Walter the Softy's two best friends, the other being Spotty Perkins. He is always shown wearing a schoolboy's cap and has curly blonde hair (sometimes white). In one story, he took Walter's glasses so he could look just like him.

Bertie's attachment to his schoolboy cap may indicate the high value he places on academic and intellectual prowess, or it may have been inherited from a dead relative (his father? his brother?) whom Bertie misses a lot. Either way, there is clearly more to Bertie than meets the eye, and his desire to imitate Walter could show that he is not comfortable in his own skin.


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