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Character Details

See also Characters - which is essentially about questions of the style "In which book did ... first appear?"

In the page you are looking at now, the answer is generally the name of a character.

Author Title Character(s)
(James Malcolm Rymer, Thomas Peckett Prest) The String of Pearls First appeared in this Victorian "penny dreadful" (1846-7) - subtitled, when published in book form (1850), The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Click to show or hide the answer
(Johnston McCulley) (The Curse of Capistrano) Secret identity of Don Diego de la Vega Click to show or hide the answer
Douglas Adams The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy Name of the 'paranoid android' – "Life? Don't talk to me about life ..." Click to show or hide the answer
Won an award for his design of the Norwegian fjords Click to show or hide the answer
The only surviving human (after the Earth is destroyed), apart from Arthur Dent Click to show or hide the answer
Richard Adams Watership Down Fiver's brother - voiced in the film by John Hurt, and to whom the song Bright Eyes is an elegy Click to show or hide the answer
Joy Adamson Born Free Name of the lion Click to show or hide the answer
Louisa May Alcott Little Women Surname of Mary, Jo, Beth and Amy Click to show or hide the answer
Dante Alighieri The Divine Comedy Roman poet who guided Dante through Hell and Purgatory Click to show or hide the answer
Dante's inspiration, who guided him through Paradise Click to show or hide the answer
Kingsley Amis Lucky Jim Surname of Lucky Jim Click to show or hide the answer
Jane Austen Emma Emma's surname (before she marries Mr. Knightley) Click to show or hide the answer
Jane Austen Pride and Prejudice Surname of sisters Jane, Elizabeth, Mary, Catherine (Kitty) and Lydia
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Pompous clergyman, turned down by Elizabeth, marries Charlotte Lucas Click to show or hide the answer
The 'single man in possession of a good fortune' who eventually marries Elizabeth Click to show or hide the answer
Enemy of Mr. Darcy, who marries Elizabeth's youngest sister Lydia Click to show or hide the answer
Friend of Mr. Darcy, who marries Elizabeth's beloved elder sister Jane Click to show or hide the answer
H. E. Bates The Darling Buds of May Family Click to show or hide the answer
Harriet Beecher Stowe Uncle Tom's Cabin "Never had no father, nor mother, nor nothin'. I 'spect I just growed" Click to show or hide the answer
R. D. Blackmore Lorna Doone Name of the narrator Click to show or hide the answer
John Braine Room at the Top Hero Click to show or hide the answer
Charlotte Bronte Jane Eyre "Reader, I married him": whom did she marry? Click to show or hide the answer
Mr. Rochester's first names Click to show or hide the answer
Emily Bronte Wuthering Heights The principal male character: an orphaned gypsy boy, who loves Catherine; played in the 1939 film by Laurence Olivier Click to show or hide the answer
Catherine's surname (before she married) Click to show or hide the answer
Son of a neighbouring family, whom Catherine marries Click to show or hide the answer
Edgar's sister, whom Heathcliff marries Click to show or hide the answer
Catherine's brother Click to show or hide the answer
John Buchan The Thirty–Nine Steps Hero Click to show or hide the answer
John Bunyan Pilgrim's Progress Central character Click to show or hide the answer
Anthony Burgess A Clockwork Orange Central character Click to show or hide the answer
Francis Hodgson Burnett Little Lord Fauntleroy Little Lord Fauntleroy was the heir to the Click to show or hide the answer
Edgar Rice Burroughs (Tarzan stories) John Clayton, Viscount Greystoke (known in some later adaptations as Earl of Greystoke) is better known as Click to show or hide the answer
Miguel de Cervantes Don Quixote Described by his companion (squire) as 'knight of the sorrowful countenance'; tilted at windmills, mistaking them for giants Click to show or hide the answer
Leslie Charteris (various) Character uses several aliases including Sebastian Tombs and Sugarman Treacle Click to show or hide the answer
Baroness d'Orczy The Scarlet Pimpernel The Scarlet Pimpernel's real name Click to show or hide the answer
Fyodr Dostoevsky Crime and Punishment Central character: impoverished student and murderer Click to show or hide the answer
Alexandre Dumas (pere) The Count of Monte Cristo Protagonist (name of the title character) Click to show or hide the answer
Alexandre Dumas (pere) The Three Musketeers Protagonist (a friend and associate of the title characters) Click to show or hide the answer
George du Maurier Trilby Hypnotist and mesmerist Click to show or hide the answer
T. S. Eliot Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats Named after a book of the Bible Click to show or hide the answer
James Fenimore Cooper Last of the Mohicans Name of the Last of the Mohicans Click to show or hide the answer
Son of Chingachgook Click to show or hide the answer
F. Scott Fitzgerald The Great Gatsby Full name of the Great Gatsby Click to show or hide the answer
John Galsworthy The Forsyte Saga Possessive central character of the first novel, A Man of Property Click to show or hide the answer
Earle Stanley Gardner The Case of the Velvet Claws First appearance of Click to show or hide the answer
Mrs. (Elizabeth) Gaskell The Half-Brothers First appeared in Mrs. Gaskell's short story The Half-Brothers; first appeared on film in 1943 - since when, despite being female, she has been played (on film and TV) by at least five different males Click to show or hide the answer
Stella Gibbons Cold Comfort Farm Family that owned the farm Click to show or hide the answer
Goethe Faust Evil spirit, Faust's tempter Click to show or hide the answer
Graham Greene Brighton Rock Teenage gang leader – a "frighteningly immature teenage psychopath" Click to show or hide the answer
G. & W. Grossmith Diary of a Nobody The nobody Click to show or hide the answer
Thomas Hardy Far from the Madding Crowd Central character – inherits her father's farm at start of book Click to show or hide the answer
Handsome and unprincipled soldier, Bathsheba's first husband Click to show or hide the answer
The farmer who Bathsheba agrees to marry, but who shoots Troy on his reappearance Click to show or hide the answer
The shepherd who is Bathsheba's first suitor and second husband Click to show or hide the answer
Mother of Troy's child, whom he deserts before marrying Bathsheba Click to show or hide the answer
Thomas Hardy Jude the Obscure Jude's surname Click to show or hide the answer
Thomas Hardy The Mayor of Casterbridge Name of the eponymous character, who sells his wife and baby daughter for five guineas after arguing with his wife when drunk Click to show or hide the answer
Thomas Hardy Tess of the D'Urbervilles Clergyman's son that Tess falls in love with and marries Click to show or hide the answer
False young man that Tess murders, after having his child Click to show or hide the answer
Joseph Heller Catch–22 "Some men are born mediocre; some men achieve mediocrity; and some men have mediocrity thrust upon them. With …, it had been all three" Click to show or hide the answer
O. Henry The Caballero's Way Character that first appeared in this short story Click to show or hide the answer
James Hilton Goodbye Mr. Chips Mr. Chips's full surname Click to show or hide the answer
E. W. Hornung "The Amateur Cracksman" – assisted by Harry "Bunny" Manders Click to show or hide the answer
Victor Hugo Notre Dame de Paris Gypsy girl that Quasimodo falls in love with Click to show or hide the answer
Kazuo Ishiguro The Remains of the Day Narrator and central character (played in the film by Anthony Hopkins) Click to show or hide the answer
Jerome K. Jerome Three Men in a Boat Name of the dog Click to show or hide the answer
Stieg Larsson Millennium trilogy Name of the character referred to in the titles Click to show or hide the answer
D. H. Lawrence Lady Chatterley's Lover Lady Chatterley's first name Click to show or hide the answer
Name of the eponymous gamekeeper Click to show or hide the answer
Anita Loos Gentlemen Prefer Blondes Heroine Click to show or hide the answer
Captain Maryatt Children of the New Forest The children's surname Click to show or hide the answer
Herman Melville Moby Dick Narrator Click to show or hide the answer
One–legged captain of the Pequod Click to show or hide the answer
First mate of the Pequod Click to show or hide the answer
Thomas Middleton,
William Rowley
The Changeling (play) Heroine Click to show or hide the answer
Margaret Mitchell Gone with the Wind Scarlett O'Hara's three husbands Click to show or hide the answer
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The gallant Confederate soldier who Scarlett saw as "the perfect knight"; "She loved him and wanted him and did not understand him" Click to show or hide the answer
Upsets Scarlett by marrying Ashley, who is her distant cousin; Scarlett marries her brother in revenge Click to show or hide the answer
John Mortimer Rumpole stories Rumpole's first name Click to show or hide the answer
Vladimir Nabokov Lolita Middle–aged academic who couldn't resist the charms of the title character Click to show or hide the answer
George Orwell Animal Farm Human owner of the farm – said to represent Tsar Nicholas II of Russia Click to show or hide the answer
Owner of Pinchfield, a successful neighbouring farm – said to represent Hitler and the Nazi Party Click to show or hide the answer
Owner of Foxwood, a run–down neighbouring farm – said to represent the Western powers Click to show or hide the answer
Hired by Napoleon to represent Animal Farm in human society – said to represent Western intellectual Socialists such as George Bernard Shaw Click to show or hide the answer
Most of the principal animals (including Napoleon, Snowball, and Squealer) are Click to show or hide the answer
Leader of the animals, said to represent Stalin Click to show or hide the answer
Napoleon's main rival – said to represent Trotsky Click to show or hide the answer
Napoleon's 'public spokesperson' Click to show or hide the answer
Name of the heroic shire horse – "the tragic avatar of the working class" Click to show or hide the answer
Boxer's friend, representing the educated middle classes Click to show or hide the answer
George Orwell 1984 Central character Click to show or hide the answer
Nameless Party leader (dictator of Oceania) Click to show or hide the answer
"Inner party" member who proves to be Smith's nemesis Click to show or hide the answer
Smith's lover, a fellow "thought criminal" (and "sex criminal") Click to show or hide the answer
Alexander Pope The Rape of the Lock The wronged heroine, after whom one of Uranus's moons is named Click to show or hide the answer
The gnome or sprite whose name was also given to a moon of Uranus Click to show or hide the answer
Nicholas Rowe The Fair Penitent Philanderer who first appeared in Click to show or hide the answer
Walter Scott Ivanhoe Ivanhoe's first name Click to show or hide the answer
First name of Ivanhoe's father – invented by Scott for this character Click to show or hide the answer
Walter Scott Rob Roy Rob Roy's second name Click to show or hide the answer
Mary Shelley Frankenstein Frankenstein's first name Click to show or hide the answer
Richard B. Sheridan The Rivals Character famous for ludicrous misuse of words Click to show or hide the answer
Muriel Spark (The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie) Miss Christina Kaye, of James Gillespie School, was the model for Click to show or hide the answer
John Steinbeck The Grapes of Wrath Family Click to show or hide the answer
Robert Louis Stevenson Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde Dr. Jekyll's first name Click to show or hide the answer
Mr. Hyde's first name Click to show or hide the answer
Jonathan Swift Gulliver's Travels Gulliver's first name Click to show or hide the answer
W. M. Thackeray Vanity Fair Becky Sharp marries Click to show or hide the answer
Leo Tolstoy Anna Karenina Anna's adulterous lover Click to show or hide the answer
Sue Townsend The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole The love of Adrian's life – becomes a Blair's Babe Click to show or hide the answer
Mark Twain Tom Sawyer Tom's sweetheart Click to show or hide the answer
Dark–hearted villain, half native American, who seeks revenge on Becky's father Judge Thatcher Click to show or hide the answer
Jules Verne 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Captain of the Nautilus Click to show or hide the answer
Jules Verne Around the World in 80 Days Hero - lived at No. 7 Savile Row, London
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His manservant Click to show or hide the answer
Keith Waterhouse Billy Liar Billy's surname Click to show or hide the answer
Evelyn Waugh Brideshead Revisited Master of Brideshead – returns there and is converted to Catholicism on his deathbed; played on TV by Laurence Olivier Click to show or hide the answer
H. G. Wells The Invisible Man Name of the central character (no first name is given in the book) Click to show or hide the answer
T. H. White The Sword in the Stone Nickname of the future King Arthur Click to show or hide the answer
(P. G. Wodehouse) (Various) Lives at 3A Berkeley Mansions, London W1; has an Aunt Agatha, and friends called Bingo Little and Gussie Fink–Nottle Click to show or hide the answer
(Various) Jeeves's first name Click to show or hide the answer
(Various) Member of the Drones Club: a monocle–wearing Old Etonian, and something of a dandy; a fluent and witty speaker, with a remarkable ability to pass through the most amazing adventures unruffled; has a friend called Mike Jackson – a keen cricketer; first name Rupert (later changed to Ronald Eustace); the initial letter of his surname is silent, and he admits he adopted it himself as there are too many people with this common surname; based (according to Wodehouse) on Rupert D'Oyly Carte, son of the famous impresario Click to show or hide the answer
Herman Wouk The Caine Mutiny Captain of the USS Caine – played in the film by Humphrey Bogart Click to show or hide the answer

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