The Lower Depths Characters

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A Baron

The Baron is a slightly ridiculous, cynical character, once an aristocrat, now a resident of the lower depths who reminisces on his former status. His philosophy is "all is past", and he expects little from the world although he retains his aristocratic bearing. A great deal of animal imagery is associated with this aristocrat who has fallen to the level of beast.

A Tartar

The Tartar has little role until the final act, when his hand has been mashed and he has little hope of supporting himself without it. Before then he participates in a game of cards and repeatedly advocates fair play. He offers such practical insights as "someone can have the bed" when Anna dies. In Act IV he champions Luka's reputation and tells the others that the Koran leads his heart, while for Russians religion is law. When the actor asks him to pray...

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