Dick Orchard was a teenage boy. He stood with his friends smoking at the entrance to the Covered Market in Oxford. He did not think that the Gobblers were real, declaring them to be an invention of the gyptians when asked by Lyra Belacqua. Dick was capable of spitting further than anyone else, for which Lyra admired him greatly. She had a crush on him and would gaze at him hopelessly at the Covered Market and clumsily kiss her pillow to see what it felt like.