Paul Pennyfeather - The novel's main character who witnesses events, but does not participate in them.
Sir Alastair Digby-Vaine-Trumpington - The young man who inadvertently is to blame for all of Paul Pennyfeather's troubles.
Dr. Augustus Fagan - The elderly, racist headmaster of Llanabba School.
Captain Grimes - An old Harrovian with a wooden leg and a drinking problem.
Mr. Prendergast - A former minister turned reluctant schoolmaster.
Philbrick - Llanabba's butler and an unflaggingly shady character.
Arthur Potts - One of Paul's four friends at Scone and later a member of the League of Nations.
Peter Beste-Chetwynde - One of Paul's students.
Clutterbuck - One of Llanabba's students of lesser status.
Lady Circumference - The mother to Lord Tangent.
Lord Tangent - A student at Llanabba School who is accidentally shot by Mr. Prendergast
Margot Beste-Chetwynde - An extremely wealthy woman who becomes engaged to Paul...
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