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Characters

This page is mainly about questions of the form "In which book (or play) did ... (first) appear?"

See also Character Details - for questions (generally) where the answer is the name of a character.

Chaucer's Pilgrims

Modern editions of The Canterbury Tales invariably include 24 tales.  There are 30 pilgrims altogether (give or take ...) and it is believed that Chaucer originally intended for each pilgrim to tell four tales - giving a total of 120 (a nice round number).  It is not known how many he actually got round to writing - but these are the only ones that have survived in any meaningful form.

The 24 tales are preceded by the General Prologue.

The table below lists the 24 tellers of the surviving tales, in the order in which they appear.  (Again, the exact order that Chaucer intended is not definitely known, but this is the order accepted by common consent.)  It's not unknown for question setters to give a selection of these and ask what connects them (answer: they all appear in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales).

A reeve was an estate manager; a summoner was a sort of usher in an ecclesiastical court; a franklin was a freeman as opposed to a serf; a pardoner was a member of the clergy who sold pardons and indulgences; a shipman was a sailor; Sir Thopas and Melibee are the names of characters; a manciple was the person in charge of catering, specifically the purchase of the food, at an institution such as a monastery or a law court.

KnightMiller ReeveCook Man of LawWife of Bath
FriarSummoner ClerkMerchant SquireFranklin
PhysicianPardoner ShipmanPrioress Sir ThopasMelibee
MonkNun's Priest Second NunCanon's Yeoman MancipleParson

Other

It's not normally necessary to include the name of the author in the question; but it may be useful as an extra clue, and it's included here for that reason.

If setting questions, you can obviously include as few or as many of the listed characters as you want.

Q: In which book (or play) did ... (first) appear? Author A:
Arthur Dent, Ford Prefect, Slartibartfast, Zaphod Beeblebrox Douglas Adams Click to show or hide the answer
Bright Eyes, General Woundwort, Fiver, Hazel, Bigwig Richard Adams Click to show or hide the answer
Harriet Smith is the unsophisticated 17–year–old girl whose romantic life is (largely unsuccsessfully) manipulated by the title character, in Jane Austen Click to show or hide the answer
Fanny Price is the heroine of; Sir Thomas Bertram, his wife Lady Bertram (Fanny's aunt Maria), and their children Tom, Edmund (beloved of Fanny), Maria and Julia; Mrs. Norris (Fanny's other aunt); Henry Crawford and his sister Mary Jane Austen Click to show or hide the answer
Catherine Morland (central character of), Henry Tilney Jane Austen Click to show or hide the answer
Anne Elliot, one of the cash–strapped Elliot family of Kellynch Hall, is the central character of Jane Austen Click to show or hide the answer
Elizabeth Bennet (and her family, including her four sisters) is/are the central characters in Jane Austen Click to show or hide the answer
Ralph, Peterkin and JackR. M. Ballantyne Click to show or hide the answer
Peter Pan first appeared in (1902 adult novel); the play Peter Pan first appeared 1904, Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens (children's novel) 1906, Peter and Wendy (novel based on the play) 1911 J. M. Barrie Click to show or hide the answer
Tramps – Vladimir and Estragon (play) Samuel Beckett Click to show or hide the answer
Joe Lampton John Braine Click to show or hide the answer
Nellie Dean, Mr. Lockwood (narrators); Edgar Linton Emily Bronte Click to show or hide the answer
Robert Langdon, Sophie Neveu (Langdon first appeared in Angels and Demons) Dan Brown Click to show or hide the answer
Mr. Worldly Wiseman, Hopeful, Giant Despair John Bunyan Click to show or hide the answer
Holly Golightly is the central character in (novella) Truman Capote Click to show or hide the answer
Lady Dulcinea de TobosoMiguel de Cervantes Click to show or hide the answer
Philip MarloweRaymond Chandler Click to show or hide the answer
Father Brown G. K. Chesterton Click to show or hide the answer
Miss MarpleAgatha Christie Click to show or hide the answer
Count FoscoWilkie Collins Click to show or hide the answer
Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Click to show or hide the answer
Chingachgook and his son Uncas can both be described as the title character, since Chingachgook outlives Uncas; Nathaniel 'Natty' Bumppo is the protagonistJames Fenimore Cooper Click to show or hide the answer
Violet Beauregarde, Augustus Gloop Roald Dahl Click to show or hide the answer
Sebastian Dangerfield (central character) J. P. Donleavy Click to show or hide the answer
Rodion Romanovich Raskolnikoff, an impoverished student, is the central character of; detective Porphyrius Petrovich Fyodr Dostoevsky Click to show or hide the answer
Athos, Porthos and Aramis are the title characters; d'Artagnan, the protagonist, is their friend and associate Alexandre Dumas Click to show or hide the answer
Edmond Dantès is the protagonist and title character of Alexandre Dumas Click to show or hide the answer
Mrs. Danvers (sinister housekeeper) Daphne du Maurier Click to show or hide the answer
Dorothea Brooke (heroine of); Tertius Lydgate (idealistic young doctor); Edward Casaubon (middle–aged clergyman who marries Dorothea) George Eliot Click to show or hide the answer
Tom and Maggie Tulliver (central characters) George Eliot Click to show or hide the answer
The wealthy, irreproachable and good–natured Squire Allworthy, and his daughter Bridget; the wealthy simpleton Squire Weston, and his daughter Sophy; Captain Blifil, and his brother Dr. Blifil – both of whom meet unexpected deaths Henry Fielding Click to show or hide the answer
Nick Carraway (the narrator), Jordan Baker (Nick's girlfriend), Daisy Buchanan (Nick's cousin, once romantically involved with the title character), Tom Buchanan (Daisy's husband), George Wilson (a garage owner), Myrtle Wilson (George's wife, and Tom's mistress) F. Scott Fitzgerald Click to show or hide the answer
Lucy Honeychurch is the heroine of E. M. Forster Click to show or hide the answer
Frederick Clegg, a lonely young office clerk who is obsessed with art student Miranda Grey, is the central character of John Fowles Click to show or hide the answer
Captain Macheath, Polly Peachum John Gay Click to show or hide the answer
Flora Poste is the narrator of Stella Gibbons Click to show or hide the answer
Ralph, Piggy and Jack Merridew are the central characters; Simon, Roger; twins Sam and Eric (Samneric) William Golding Click to show or hide the answer
Vacuum cleaner salesman Jim Wormold is the title character ofGraham Greene Click to show or hide the answer
CIA agent Alden Pyle is the title character ofGraham Greene Click to show or hide the answer
Sam Spade (private investigator) Dashiell Hammett Click to show or hide the answer
Bathsheba Everdene, Gabriel Oak, Sergeant Troy, Farmer Bolding, Fanny Robin Thomas Hardy Click to show or hide the answer
Sue Bridehead Thomas Hardy Click to show or hide the answer
Michael Henchard is the eponymous character, who sells his wife and baby daughter for five guineas after arguing with his wife when drunk Thomas Hardy Click to show or hide the answer
Angel Clare Thomas Hardy Click to show or hide the answer
Hannibal Lecter Thomas Harris Click to show or hide the answer
Yossarian (central character); Milo Minderbinder; Major Major Major Major; Nately and his Whore Joseph Heller Click to show or hide the answer
Ludi Magister Joseph Knecht Hermann Hesse Click to show or hide the answer
Harry Halleris the central character of Hermann Hesse Click to show or hide the answer
Jean Valjean is the long–suffering central character of Victor Hugo Click to show or hide the answer
Quasimodo Victor Hugo Click to show or hide the answer
Nora Helmer is the heroine of (play) Henrik Ibsen Click to show or hide the answer
Anastasia Steel is the central (female) character of E. L. James Click to show or hide the answer
Humphrey Chimpden Earwicker is the central character of James Joyce Click to show or hide the answer
Leopold Bloom is the central character of James Joyce Click to show or hide the answer
Gregor Samsa is the central character of Franz Kafka Click to show or hide the answer
Joseph K is the central character of Franz Kafka Click to show or hide the answer
Dean Moriarty is the central character of Jack Kerouac Click to show or hide the answer
Mrs. Doasyouwouldbedoneby, Mrs. Bedonebyasyoudid Charles Kingsley Click to show or hide the answer
Amyas Leigh (an unruly child who follows Sir Francis Drake to sea): central character of Charles Kingsley Click to show or hide the answer
M'Turk and Beetle (they are the 'Co.' of the title) Rudyard Kipling Click to show or hide the answer
Ursula Brangwen (before Women in Love) D. H. Lawrence Click to show or hide the answer
Alec Leamas is the central character of John le Carré Click to show or hide the answer
George Smiley first appeared in (the author's first novel) John le Carré Click to show or hide the answer
Atticus Finch, his daughter Scout (the narrator), Tom Robinson, Boo Radley Harper Lee Click to show or hide the answer
Gustav Aschenbach (a distinguished composer) is the central character of Thomas Mann Click to show or hide the answer
Precious Ramotswe Alexander McCall Smith Click to show or hide the answer
Scarlett O'Hara, Rhett Butler, Charles Hamilton, Frank Kennedy Margaret Mitchell Click to show or hide the answer
12–year–old Dolores Haze is the title character; Humbert Humbert (played in the 1962 film by James Mason) is the central male character (classic 20th century novel) Vladimir Nabokov Click to show or hide the answer
Clare Quilty is a doppelgänger to the narrator, by whom he is eventually shot dead
Boxer (shire horse), Napoleon, Snowball (pigs) George Orwell Click to show or hide the answer
Winston Smith is the central character of George Orwell Click to show or hide the answer
Jimmy Porter John Osborne Click to show or hide the answer
Lara Antipova Boris Pasternak Click to show or hide the answer
Paul Baumer is the central character of Erich Maria Remarque Click to show or hide the answer
Holden Caulfield is the central character of J. D. Salinger Click to show or hide the answer
Dandy Dinmont Sir Walter Scott Click to show or hide the answer
Lady Sneerwell, Sir Peter Teazle Richard B. Sheridan Click to show or hide the answer
Mrs. Malaprop, Sir Anthony Absolute and his son Jack, Lydia Languish (play) Richard B. Sheridan Click to show or hide the answer
17–year–old Cassandra Mortmain is the narrator and protagonist of Dodie Smith Click to show or hide the answer
Oleg Filimonovich Kostoglotov is the central character of Alexander Solzhenitsyn Click to show or hide the answer
Migrant workers George Milton and Lenny Small are the central characters in John Steinbeck Click to show or hide the answer
Squire Trelawney, Dr. Livesey, Captain Smollett R. L. Stevenson Click to show or hide the answer
Jonathan Harker, a newly qualified English solicitor, is the central character inBram Stoker Click to show or hide the answer
Becky Sharp is the central character of W. M. Thackeray Click to show or hide the answer
Charley Wykeham, Jack Chesney, Amy Spettigue, Kitty Verdun, Donna Lucia d'Alvadorez (the title character), Lord Fancourt Babberley (play) Brandon Thomas Click to show or hide the answer
Willy Nilly, Polly Garter, Captain Cat, Organ Morgan, Bessie Bighead (play) Dylan Thomas Click to show or hide the answer
Count Kyrill (Peter) Bezukhov, Prince Andrey Bolkonsky and his sister Princess Maria, and the Rostov family (Count Ilya, Countess Natalya, and their children Vera, Nikolai, Petya and Natasha) Leo Tolstoy Click to show or hide the answer
Harry Angstrom (the title includes his nickname) is the title character of John Updike Click to show or hide the answer
Phineas Fogg, Passepartout, Mr. Fix, Aouda Jules Verne Click to show or hide the answer
Charles Ryder (narrator), Sebastian Flyte Evelyn Waugh Click to show or hide the answer
Homer Simpson Nathaniel West Click to show or hide the answer
Lady Bracknell, Miss Prism Oscar Wilde Click to show or hide the answer
Basil Hallward is a portrait painter (eventually stabbed to death by his eponymous subject), in Oscar Wilde Click to show or hide the answer
The Pollitt family: Brick and Maggie, Big Daddy, Big Mama, Mae and Gooper (play) Tennessee Williams Click to show or hide the answer
Blanche Dubois (play) Tennessee Williams Click to show or hide the answer

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