Tom Skeleton was a servant to the Pennington family. However he was not an obscure character in the household, but a jester, hired to inspire mirth. But Tom was a devil disguised in the costume of a clown. Fools and jesters were often part of a royal court or noble family and by virtue of their position could often speak harsh truths to their ‘betters’ in the guise of drollery.
Stranger Than Fiction Stories by M.P. Pellicer