What kind of person is the main character in The Shakespeare Stealer?
Widge grows up as an orphan for the first seven years of his life, and then he becomes an indentured servant. While working for his first master, Widge learns to write charactery, a shorthand code that allows him to write down everything that's being said. Widge has never had a family or a friend, and he has never been taught right from wrong. When he's fourteen, Widge is sold to another man who wants him to go to the play Hamlet and write it down in code so the man can perform the play with his troupe. When the actors take Widge in, he feels a sense of security and friendship for the first time in his life. He has to learn how to be a friend in the theater, and he learns to feel respect for himself and others.