"...had ever been a hardworking, sober, honest man. But he was cross-grained, litigious,moody and tyrannical ... a low, thickset man, with an appearance of great strength, which was now submitting itself, very slowly, to the hand of time. He had sharp green eyes, and shaggy eyebrows, with thin lips, and a square chin, a nose which, though its shape was aquiline, protruded but little from his face. His forehead was low and broad.... His hair and very scanty whiskers were grey.... He was a silent, sad, meditative man, thinking always of the evil things that had been done to him". - The Vicar of Bullhampton.
"Best figure in the book is Jacob Brattle, one of the truest rustics in English fiction. He stands out indeed against those autumn and winter backgrounds ... half animal, half human, as obstinate as he is gloomy, as gloomy as he is courageous, hemmed in by troubles - moral, financial, domestic - that he cannot understand, but is too proud to question." - Walpole