Major Barbara Characters

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Mrs. Baines

Mrs. Baines, a Salvation Army Commissioner, accepts the Undershaft money that Barbara has turned down, then reveals that the Army has also accepted money from Lord Saxmundham of Bodger's whiskey. Her willingness to accept money from those who cause so much harm disillusions Barbara and results in Barbara's leaving the Army.

Major Barbara

See Barbara Undershaft

Cholly

See Charles Lomax

Adolphus Cusins

Cusins is engaged to Barbara. Shaw describes him as "capable possibly of murder, but not of cruelty or coarseness." A professor of Greek, he pretends to be a Salvationist because of his love for Barbara, though he tells Andrew Undershaft that he has a genuine interest in religion. He shares some of Barbara's idealism and is revolted by Undershaft's cynical religion of money and gunpowder; in fact, he frequently calls Undershaft the dew or Mephistopheles. Yet he is also persuaded to some extent by Undershaft's...

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