Dictionary of literary characters by Una McGovern

By Una McGovern

This new version of Chambers Dictionary of Literary Characters has been revised and improved to carry it completely modern. greater than 6,500 entries offer a advisor to the wealth of characters created via writers in English — from the spouse of tub to Bertie Wooster, from Tom Sawyer to Harry Potter. New good points comprise concise biographies of the authors, wonderful essays on such subject matters as “The Detective in Fiction” and “The Characters of Charles Dickens,” and an appendix of literary awards.

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The pain enraged and inspired him. precarious home in the swamps, where they eke out a thin existence in a treacherous land that After Passover he became a Jew’. stands in part for present-day Nigeria, but also as a metaphor for the human condition. Alsemero The Changeling , 1653 A despotic duke who, despite his advanced years, pursues the hand of MARGARET, thus becoming the rival of his own son, PRINCE VINCENTIO. He attempts to woo Margaret with masques, but his artistic sense is somewhat lacking, as is, for a time at least, his paternal feeling.

Illegitimacy is played on in order to oppose his Achthar, Lord Anophel father. Melincourt, or Sir Oran Haut-ton, 1817 The Rivals, 1775 Richard Brinsley Sheridan Wealth and status notwithstanding, Lord Anophel is a bubble-brain who excels at country A soldier and the son of SIR ANTHONY ABSOLUTE , pursuits. Impressed by education and intellectual who adopts the identity of the poor Ensign interests, which he nonetheless finds Beverley in order to court LYDIA LANGUISH . He incomprehensible, he foolishly relies upon the does not, in fact, share her romantic fancies, unsound, often unintelligible, advice of since he wants her money as well as her hand.

He would ‘strike the sun if it offended’ him, and drives his crew to enter an unholy pact to chase the whale. Agnes A Delicate Balance , 1966 Edward Albee A ‘handsome’ woman in her mid-fifties, content in her suburban life with her husband, Tobias, Agnes recognizes and accepts her own shortcomings and failures, but cannot exercise a similar tolerance in respect of her sister, the alcoholic CLAIRE . Striving fiercely to maintain a delicate balance within the family and her home, she finally concedes the merits of detachment, and retreats to a position of resignation, even regret: ‘Everything becomes † too late, finally; there’s nothing there † save rust; bones; and the wind’.

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