The character of Septimus is pivotal. He is the 'jack-the-lad' character in the House. Employed by Lady Crome for the education of her child, Thomasina, this friend of Lord Byron brought a touch of bohemia to the life of Sidley Park. He was a character of certain passions, enough for him to spend his life working through to its conclusion the work started by Thomasina, but it was a task he could never complete.
An intriguing personality, he is someone who is proud of his intelligence and flaunts his genius but is humbled by his meager income and low status occupation.
He is somewhat of a womanizer who is in love with the dame of the house, Lady Croom, but is caught in…