Professor Bramley Dapple — Character
Bramley Dapple is a resident of Newford and Professor who taught art history at Butler University. Dapple still taught a few classes at Butler U, but he wasn’t nearly as involved with thecurriculum as he had been when Jilly Coppercorn attended the university.
Books / Stories Appears In
- Dreams Underfoot
- "Uncle Dobbin's Parrot Fair" (1987) (in character's memories)
- "Stone Drum" (brief appearance)
- Mentioned only: "Timeskip", "Winter Was Hard", "Tallulah"
- Promises to Keep
- In Which We Meet Jilly Coppercorn
- The Very Best of Charles de Lint
He is full of knowledge about the supernatural. Jilly believes that Prof Dapple is really a wizard ("Timeskip").
Personality and Character
- Full of curiosity
- Has a close connection to Faerie and very interesting theories on how the world works.
- “Remember your Shakespeare, ‘This fellow’s wise enough to play the fool.’ Did youever think that perhaps their studied eccentricity protects them from sharper ridicule?” ~ Meran about Christy and Bramley
Appearance (physical description)
- "A small wizened old man, spry as a kitten, thin as a reed, with features lined and brown as a dried fig. He wore a pair of wire-rimmed spectacles without prescription lenses that he polished incessantly." ~ "Uncle Dobbin's Parrot Fair"
Theory of Consensual Reality — the idea that things exist because we agree that they exist. ~ "Timeskip"
rambling Tudor-styled house in the old quarter of Lower Crowsea.
- Loves writing about Newford and his girlfriend Saskia, knows that neither will ever be anything other than magic;
- Bramley owns a large house, and employees a Skookin (goblin/troll) named Goon as a servant.
- Bramley was the "wizard" in Christy Riddell's third story “A Week of Saturdays” from "How to Make the Wind Blow" from his collection of short stories of the same name. ~ "Uncle Dobbin’s Parrot Fair"
- He had a habit of starting conversations in the middle. ~ "Stone Drum"
- Jilly believes that Bramley is a real wizard. ~ "Timeskip"
- Says a geas is something you just have to do—are compelled to do. ~ "Winter Was Hard"
History / Background
He teaches art at Butler University, though not as much after a scandal involving something about a bishop, some old coins and the daughter of a Tarot reader. ~ "Stone Drum", Dreams Underfoot
Connections (characters, places)
|Jilly Coppercorn||human||good friend; he mentored her||got her life together with his help|
|Goon||Skookin (goblin/troll)||Manservant||any Prof is in||generally grumpy|
|Izzy; Isabelle Copely||human, artist, painter||former student;||MaD||lets Izzy work in a studio in his house|
|Christy Riddell||writer||good friend||any Prof is in||collects stories of strange things, rewrites them|
|Ellen Brady||Human; see Baloon Men||wizard in her book by C. Riddell||"Uncle Dobbin’s ...", DU||know Cristy|
Events in the Series (spoilery area)
“It’s not imagining. It’s knowing that it exists—without one smidgen of doubt.”
“Yes, but someone had to think him up for him to ...” She hesitated as Goon’s scowl deepened. “That is …”
Bramley continued to shake his head. “There is some semblance of order to things,” he admitted, “for if the world was simply everyone’s different conceptual universe mixed up together, we’d have nothing but chaos. It all relies on will, you see—to observe the changes, at any rate. Or the differences. The anomalies. Like Goon—oh, do stop scowling,” he added to the goblin.“The world as we have it,” he went on to Jilly, “is here mostly because of habit. We’ve all agreed that certain things exist—we’re taught as impressionable infants that this is a table and this is what it looks like, that’s a tree out the window there, a dog looks and sounds just so. At the same time we’re informed that Goon and his like don’t exist, so we don’t—or can’t—see them." ~ "Uncle Dobbin's Parrot Fair"
Notes / Comments
He is written into one of Christy Riddell's stories as the wizard in "A Week of Saturdays," the third story in How to Make the Wind Blow.
- The Wordwood | Char / ProfDapple
- Charles de Lint - Dreams Underfoot
- The Wordwood | Books / DreamsUnderfoot browse
- The Wordwood | Books / MemoryAndDream browse
- The Wordwood | Stories / UncleDobbinsParrotFair browse
- The Wordwood | Stories / TheBuffaloMan browse
- charles de lint | 'ahems and ahahs'