Bessy is a maid, and works for the protagonist's family at home. She has proven herself to be a loyal, hard-working maid, keeping her lips sealed on the most delicate of family matters, including the circumstances surrounding their son, Christopher.
Bessy has a relatively friendly relationship with the protagonist. However, her best friend is the baker's daughter, with whom she shares gossip on all manner of things.
Mrs Norris also provides an excellent source of gossip for Bessy, although the pair have an unspoken rivalry as the authority on all gossip in Darlington. In addition, Bessy dislikes it when Mrs Norris gossips about her employer's family, to whom she feels a great deal of loyalty.
Although her work keeps her from visiting her family often, Bessy's parents are both alive and she sends them spare money whenever she can.
Bessy has a bright and chatty countenance and, throughout the course of her service, has proven herself to be a dependable servant. Although she accepts her social situation as a service worker, Bessy strives to work hard in order to attract the attentions of servicemen working in well-off families. She aspires for her future children to be literate and afforded opportunities she does not have.
Although she accepts her social situation as a service worker, Bessy strives to work hard as she wishes to marry a serviceman working for a well-off family. She aspires for her future children to be literate and thus, afforded opportunities that she herself does not have.
- Bessy's Character Profile on the Tea for Three Studios Blog