Elmer Gantry Characters

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Cecil Aylston

Cecil Aylston is Sharon Falconer's assistant. He is a well-educated Englishman in his early thirties with a colorful past. He fell in love with Sharon when he first met her, and is devoted to her. After Sharon dismisses him in favor of Elmer, Cecil tries to conduct a rescue mission in Buffalo. He dies in a gambling den.

Lulu Bains

Lulu Bains is the daughter of Barney Bains. Elmer tries to seduce her, but once she has become devoted to him he gets bored with her and treats her cruelly. She is forced by her father to marry Lloyd Naylor. Lulu later meets Elmer again many years later in Zenith, where they resume their clandestine affair. After Elmer dumps her for Hettie, Lulu loses interest in life.

Nathaniel Benham

Nathaniel Benham is a trustee of the Methodist church in Banjo Crossing and the father of Cleo.

Dr. Howard Bancock Binch

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