(Walton: The Bear). Bass. Old servant of Mme Popova. He disapproves of her decision to mourn her husband for the rest of her life, as he is aware that her husband was a philanderer and does not warrant such loyalty. He does his best to protect his mistress from unwelcome visitors and tries unsuccessfully to prevent Smirnov troubling her, reproaching the visitor for his boorish behaviour. Created (1967) by Norman Lumsden.