Caleb's Crossing Character Descriptions

Geraldine Brooks
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She is the book's protagonist, its central character, and narrator.

Caleb (Cheeshahteaumauk)

This is the English name given to a young native boy who befriends Bethia.

Pastor Mayfield, Goody Mayfield

He is Bethia's father; she is his wife.

Grandfather Mayfield

He is Pastor Mayfield's father.


He is Bethia's older brother.

Solace, Zuriel

They are two Mayfield children who die very young.

The Wampanoag

This is the name given to the community of natives living near the white community where Bethia and her family make their home.

Iacoomis, Joel

He is one of the tribe's earliest converts to Christianity.


He is a powerful pawaaw, what contemporary language would describe as a medicine man.

Noah Merry

The son of a prosperous merchant on another part of the island where Bethia makes her home.

Master Corlett, Samuel Corlett

He is the elderly, absent-minded headmaster and owner of the...

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