Toots is a classmate of Paul Jr.'s at Dr. Blimber's Academy who falls hopelessly in love with Florence Dombey. “Possessed of the gruffest of voices and the shrillest of minds. . . constantly falling in love by sight with nurserymaids, who had no idea of his existence. . . . ”
Joseph Clayton Clark,"Kyd." The Characters of Charles Dickens. London: Raphael Tuck, 1890.