He is one of two principal protagonists of the novel and shares the spotlight with his particular friend and confidant, Stephen Maturin.
He is one of two principal protagonists of the novel and shares the spotlight with his particular friend and confidant, Jack Aubrey.
She is exceptionally beautiful; indeed, physical beauty and sexual allure are clearly her dominant features, and she easily controls most men through her physical charms.
He has served under Aubrey as a lieutenant during previous novels in the series. He eventually gained promotion to captain, largely through Aubrey's efforts.
He is Jack Aubrey's steward and has been a faithful servant for many years and on many occasions.
He is the captain of HMS Tartarus. He is a smaller man, stunted by various bouts with venereal diseases contracted during an active youth.
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