Commodore Jack Aubrey - He is one of the principal protagonists of the novel and shares the spotlight with his particular friend and confidant, Stephen Maturin.
Stephen Maturin - He is one of the principal protagonists of the novel and shares the spotlight with his particular friend and confidant, Jack Aubrey.
Captain Tom Pullings - He has served under Aubrey as a lieutenant during the previous novels in the series. He eventually gained promotion to captain, largely through Aubrey's efforts.
Preserved Killick and Barrett Bonden - He is Jack Aubrey's steward and has been a faithful servant for many years and on many occasions.
He is Aubrey's coxswain. He is easily the most dependable character in Aubrey's crew.
Sophie Aubrey and her children - She is a wife of several years and the mother of twin daughters.
Lord Clonfert - He is one of the captains...
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