The Flame Trees of Thika: Memories of an African Childhood Character Descriptions

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Elspeth Huxley

This tenderhearted child was being raised in Africa by British parents in the 1910s.

Tilly

One of the author's parents, this person helped manage the laborers on the family's farm and had a reputation for being very helpful and strong.

Robin

One of the author's parents, this person was a dreamer who believed that fortune was just around the corner.

Njombo

This person worked at the family's farm and was known as a trusted worker and friend.

Sammy

This person served as headman for the family's farm and was of mixed ethnic heritage.

Mrs. Nimmo

This person had a background in nursing and was married to one of the settlers.

Hereward Palmer

This neighbor was a wealthy, former military official and seemed very stern and upright.

Lettice Palmer

This settler was flighty and pined for the "civilized" life...

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