The Pale King Character Descriptions

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David Foster Wallace

This character's name refers to several principal people in the novel. He is both a general narrator as well as the main character.

Merrill Errol Lehrl

This character is a high-ranking IRS official who, during the novel, is in the process of transferring his office to the Peoria Regional Examination Center (REC).

Claude Sylvanshine

This character does primary research at the Peoria office. He is known for his psychic abilities.


This character is a GS-11 employee of the IRS. He holds his boss in very high regards.

DeWitt Glendenning

This character is the section chief of the IRS Peoria REC. He is very well liked and his employees like to be around him in personal settings as well as at work.

David Cusk

This character suffers from excessive sweating. He ends up working at the Peoria REC.

Lane Dean Jr.

This character is a...

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