Fabrizio Crobera, Prince of Salina - This is the novel's central character, a hereditary Sicilian aristocrat, who begins the story content with his life but becomes increasingly troubled by approaching political and social changes.
Tancredi - This character is an opportunistic, younger relative of the central character, who appears to be free-spirited and manipulative in arranging marriages and political careers, but his/her sensitive side is revealed at the end of the story after their death.
The Princess - This is the spouse of the central character who is emotional, volatile, easily manipulated, and dies late in life from diabetes.
Angelica - This is the child of an ambitious businessperson in Donnafugata, who proves to be just as calculating by using her sensuality to become a crafty and successful backroom politician after marrying into the Salina family.
Concetta - This is the eldest child of the central...
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