The Old Illiterate was a human being.
This man used to be a wealthy French nobleman but was forced to go into exile by the Revolution, and lived as a hermit in a forest in Germany ever since, together with his pet dog. Though he had extremely poor eyesight, the once-wealthy but ever-ignorant man decided to teach himself to read. Spying upon his lessons, the monster Growl learned to read from him shortly after his inception, doing menial chores for him unseen as payment. One day however, Growl, going a bit nearsighted, tried to borrow the man's glasses; he took notice and chased the intruder off, never to see him again.
Behind the scenesEdit
This man appears in the 2016 story Duckenstein.
As the story is one of the Grandi Parodie, he is a historical counterpart to a present-day regular — namely, Hard-Haid Moe. As to the "Frankenstein parody" aspect of things, he takes over the role of De Lacey from the Mary Shelley novel, a financially-ruined French gentleman (formerly of good standing, but not explicitly noble). De Lacey is significantly less cantankerous than the Old Illiterate, and does not live alone, but instead with his wife and child. Rather than having poor eyesight, he is actually blind, which briefly allows him to sympathize with the Monster, unaware of his off-puttingly monstrous appearance.
The real name of the Old Illiterate is not known. However, as Hard-Haid Moe's French name is Moïse Lamouise, it would be fitting for this French-born reimagining of the character to have a variation of this name, such as Moïse de la Mouise or some such. Alternatively, it is, of course, possible that his name is merely De Lacey, even here. The two hypotheses could even be combined by christening him Moïse de Lacey.