I am reading parts of Gormenghast as I would like to adapt a character from a book. The characters in Gormenghast are interesting and describe their behavior more than their appearance which leaves the imagination open to the characters physical identity. For now I have chosen Rottcodd as I can imagine how he would walk and respond to unwelcome company (possibly an audience?).
Rottcodd is an elderly man who resides in the Hall of Bright Carvings (the Castle Loft), sleeping in a hammock for most of the day. He is always carrying a feather duster as when he is awake he is forever cleaning the statues that are in the room, isolated and forgotten, like himself.
He is described (physically) briefly by Mervyn Peake as...
"a long, grey overall which descended shapelessly to his ankles... his skull was dark and small like a corroded musket bullet and his eyes were the twin miniatures of his head"
I imagine Rottcodd to be grumpy and careless due to his behavior in other company within the book, he is curious and cautious but lacks enthusiasm and social skills.