The character Anton Rosicky is described by Dr. Burleigh as being a well-rounded and contented man who has struck a fine balance in his life. This balance can even be seen in the even blend of stereotypical male and female characteristics he possesses.
Stereotypical Male Characteristics
In the era in which "Neighbor Rosicky" is set, the idea of being a life-long hard worker like Rosicky was considered a stereotypically masculine trait. He provides for his family and earns a living off the land with the sweat of his brow. Rosicky is also very self-sufficient, having left his hometown for the intimidating city sprawl of London when he was only 18. From his humble origins, he rose to become a land owner and prizes his independence.
Stereotypical Female Characteristics
Rosicky possesses the stereotypically feminine trait of being incredibly nurturing with his family members, including his daughter-in-law, Polly. When the doctor warns Rosicky to take it easy around his farm, trading in hard labor on the farm for helping his wife with housework, he does not balk at the order as many men would. Rosicky is not prideful and he doesn't consider himself above "woman's work" in the household. He prioritizes his family and takes great satisfaction in the emotional relationships between them. He also demonstrates a willingness to sacrifice his own comfort, lending his car to his son and daughter-in-law and taking on some of their work so they can enjoy an evening in town. In this way, Rosicky shows the stereotypically feminine trait of self-sacrifice. He is very emotionally astute and always seems to know what those around him are feeling.
Anton Rosicky is an ideal blend of the best characteristics that are stereotypically associated with each gender. As a result, he is both strong and in touch with his feelings.