Geoffrey Braithwaite - This character is the sixty-one year old narrator of the story.
Flaubert - This character is a nineteenth century author.
Louise - This character is a poet and, although married, has had a number of affairs.
Ellen - This adulterous character's life support was disconnected by a spouse.
Du Camp - This author's friend was a traveling companion and an accessory to the author's affair.
Elisa - This spouse of a music publisher was the subject of an unrequited great passion.
Juliet - This character's correspondence with an author was destroyed.
Ed - This American, who claims to be in possession of incriminating letters, burns them.
Dr. Starkie - This character is a Reader Emeritus at Oxford.
Monsieur Andrieu - This character reveals a possible solution to the mystery of the two different parrots.
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