Shufti Manickle

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Betty "Shufti" Manickle
Name Betty Manickle
Race human
Age late teens or early 20s
Occupation soldier, now a barmaid
Physical appearance stocky built
Residence Borogravia
Death not yet
Parents unknown
Relatives one son
Children son Jack
Marital Status Legally widowed. Her "husband," Johnny, is still alive (the last time he was seen) and is Jack's father.
Books Monstrous Regiment

One of the recruits who enlisted at the same time as Polly Perks, real name Betty. Shufti is of stocky build and mildly helpful, in an annoying way, but any deficiencies are more than compensated for by her prowess at cooking meals out of just about anything available. She joined up with the Tenth Foot in order to find the father of her unborn child, who ran off with a six-pence piece that he was supposed have shared with her.

She eventually does find him, and manages to get her revenge for stealing her six-pence and running off. A few months after the events of Monstrous Regiment she gives birth to her child, whom she names Jack, and goes off to live and work with the Perks family at The Duchess.

By the end of Monstrous Regiment, Shufti is offered the opportunity to marry Johnny (with a generous gift from the army); she turns it down, and announces that the "real" Johnny must have died during the fighting. With Major Clogston's help, Shufti is listed as a widow and may have received the same gift in the guise of "Johnny's" death benefits. She seems to have some sort of relationship with Polly's brother, after they return to the Duchess inn, and he appears to have adopted Jack as his own son.