Duke Bottomley is one of the old men and farm hands with whom Death as Bill Door becomes friends. He lives somewhere in the Ramtops and occasionally works for such smallholders as Miss Flitworth. They drink scumble, a fermented drink made from apples. They are weather-beaten and uneducated, simple and uncomplicated but they teach Bill Door a lot about what it is to be human. See also Gabby Wheels and William Spigot.
Duke's name came from his upwardly-mobile parents. They named his brothers 'Earl', 'Squire' and 'King'.
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