Describe the residents of the house at Mill Pond Bank in Chapter 46 of "Great Expectations".

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Mrs. Whimple is the landlady at the house at Mill Pond Bank.  She is a motherly, understanding woman, who kindly and discretely keeps the confidence of Herbert and Clara's affection for each other.

Clara Barley and her father Bill Barley are residents at the house at Mill Pond Bank.  Clara has no mother, and has been forced to interrupt her education to care for her ailing father.  Pip's friend Herbert met Clara during the time she was pursuing her studies at Hammersmith, and the two are courting.  Clara is treated cruelly by her demanding father, but she responds with quiet resignation.  She is allotted bread, cheese, and rum for supper each night, while her father dines sumptuously on mutton chops and potatoes.  Clara is likeable, "natural and winning", and she has a "confiding, loving...innocent...modest manner".

Bill Barley is "a sad old rascal", who is always at his rum, which he supposes will dull the pain of his affliction, gout.  Since gout is a disease that is exacerbated by rich food and drink, it seems that his difficulties are largely caused by his own habits.  He is prone to "alarming growling" and bellowing and is completely self-centered, "being totally unequal to the consideration of any subject more psychological than gout, rum, and purser's stores".  Herbert nicknames Bill Barley "old Gruffandgrim" in ironic summation of his nature (Chapter 46).

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