The Ballad of a Small Player Characters

Lawrence Osborne
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Lord Doyle

Lord Doyle was the man who served as the narrator and main character of this novel. He is important more because of what he represented in the novel than who he was. In fact, it is not ever really fully explained who Doyle was. He was not a lord, and it was never confirmed if his name was really Doyle or not. Because he grew up in a poor family, Doyle was tormented by his fellow schoolmates who were affluent. He spent his time mimicking their accents and behaviors until he could talk and act like the affluent. He became a lawyer and earned the trust of an elderly, rich client from whom he began to steal.

When he’d stolen enough that his boss began to notice, Doyle ran to China where he spent his time living in hotels and gambling in the casinos. He quickly...

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