While the original Lion King movie was based on “Hamlet,” The Lion King 1 film clearly takes its inspiration from the play “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead” which features the events of “Hamlet” through the eyes of two minor characters.
this quote reflects on nelly's first impressions of heathcliff. he is a gypsy, and she regards it as lower class. this is evident in how she calls him and it. Now one may wonder as to why mr. earnshaw has brought him home, i believe mr earnshaw had another wife who had died and he had gone to collect heathcliff... *plot twist*