Francis Bacon - This character ranks among the greatest natural philosophers and scientists of the 17th century.
Scientists - Bacon had many criticisms of this group of people.
Philosophers - Bacon thinks that this group of his day tended to argue too much about issues that do not matter.
The Scholastics - This group consists of the followers of the philosophy of St. Thomas Aquinas.
The Sailor - This is the narrator of The New Atlantis whose ship is blown off course and lands at Bensalem.
The Governor - This is the man who greets and cares for the sailors in Bensalem.
Joabim - This is a Jewish merchant who the sailor-narrator befriends and who the narrator calls 'wise.'
The Father of Salomon's House - This is the priest who grants the sailors permission to send one of their number to have a private audience with...
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