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What are some quotes showing Bilbo Baggins's character development?

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The Hobbit brings us the beloved character of Bilbo Baggins, a hobbit with more to him than at first appears. Here are some quotes from the book which give us a glimpse into Bilbo's character development.

Still it is probable that Bilbo... although he looked and behaved exactly like a second edition of his solid and comfortable father, got something a bit queer in his make-up from the Took side, something that only waited for a chance to come out.

The Tooks are a queer lot in Bag-End. They're adventure-seekers and daredevils, and Bilbo, although only half a Took, is certainly no exception. Though at first he may appear just like his "solid and comfortable father," Bungo Baggins, Bilbo is really a hero in hiding, waiting for his chance to prove it. Even Bilbo himself at times shows an unwittingly Tookish side to him.

“Bless me, life used to be quite inter- I mean, you used to upset things badly in these parts once upon a time.”

The Took has nearly been driven out of him, but not quite....

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