Mr. and Mrs. Tussels
A big softy and a small toughy.
The local police chief Mr. Tussels is friends with everyone near Boston Commons, his home turf. He keeps the streets safe, strong-arming crime out of town or into prison. He always thought of himself as tough until he finds himself knocking on the door of a neighborhood girl who has just lost her parents.
Mrs. Tussels, an accomplished seamstress, was acquaintances with Dorothy’s mother, Susanna.