In the Garden of the North American Martyrs Characters

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Dr. Howells

Dr. Howells is the chairman of the department of history at the prestigious college where Louise works and where Mary is led to believe she is a job candidate. He is arrogant, detached, and pretentious. The air of entitlement and superiority with which he presents himself is undermined, however, by his appearance. Mary is able to remember his name in part because he is so strikingly ugly, with a "porous blue nose and terrible teeth."

Louise

Louise, a former colleague of Mary's at Brandon College, is now a professor of history at an unnamed "prestigious college in upstate New York." At first glance she is everything Mary is not: married and outgoing, but self-centered and pretentious. It becomes evident that she is desperately insecure and has no scruples about using other people to fulfill her own needs: she talks incessantly about herself, complains about her husband and...

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