Pale Fire Character Descriptions

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Character Descriptions

Charles Kinbote/King Charles Xavier the Beloved of Zembla - A socially awkward professor at Wordsmith University in New Wye who lives next to, and idolizes, the poet who penned "Pale Fire".

John Shade - This renowned poet teaches at Wordsmith University, and wrote the autobiographical poem "Pale Fire," in the month prior his death in July 1959.

Sybil Shade - This person is the love interest of the author of "Pale Fire", and the only character who sees the poem prior to its completion.

Hazel Shade - This character commits suicide after being rejected by a blind date.

Jakob Gradus (a.k.a. Jack Degree, Jacques de Grey, James de - This escaped lunatic kills the author or "Pale Fire" in a case of mistaken identity.

Gerald Emerald - This character goes by a pseudonym and calls a fellow professor "the Great Beaver."

Dr. Nattochdag - This...

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