One of my favorite fictional characters is Horace Rumpole. Years ago, someone gave me a series of videos of the TV shows called Rumpole of the Bailey. I enjoyed them thoroughly, and when my sister gave me a copy of a Rumpole Omnibus, I was hooked! As I got to know him better over the years, I’ve harbored a secret wish that old Rumpole would come to life and that I could get to know him in person! John Mortimer has done such a thorough job of developing the character of Rumpole, it’s hard to think that he isn’t real. Well, in my imagination, he’s real enough, I guess. I read and reread the stories and all the characters have become like dear old friends (even the annoying ones!).