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Sir Roger de Coverley, an old bachelor in his mid-fifties, is a fictional character created by Joseph Addison as an author of letters and papers published in the periodical, The Spectator, launched in the early 18th century by Addison and his friend, Richard Steele. Sir Roger has been portrayed as a country gentleman, the benevolent autocrat, the baronet of a large Worcestershire estate. The knight possessing exemplary humaneness, sympathy, moral sense and sense of responsibilty serves as an ideal country squire of the 18th century. In London, Sir Roger presides over the "Club,” an informal group of men of divergent interests and personalities. He pursues in a harmless way his Tory politics. On the whole, Sir Roger is a fine literary portrait of a an affable gentleman.
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