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Disgrace Characters

by J. M. Coetzee

Character List

David Lurie

twice-divorced professor of Communications at Cape Technical University in Cape Town South Africa,fifty-two years old.

Soraya

prostitute that Lurie has visited weekly for over a year.

Melanie Isaacs

student in Lurie's Romantics course who charges a sexual harassament complaint against him after having sex with Lurie.

Lucy

Lurie's daughter who owns a farm and takes care of dogs. Lurie lives with her after he is dismissed from his position at the University.

Bev Shaw

woman who runs the animal shelter and with whom Lurie has an affair.

Bill Shaw

Bev's husband, who sees Davis Lurie as his friend

Petrus

African who works for Lucy

Mr. Isaac

Melanie's father whom Lurie apologizes to after the incident.

Pollux

one of the three South Africans who raped Lucy; Petrus' brother-in-law

Katy

the surviving dog

Elaine Winter

chair of Communications department

Farodia Rassool

Social Studies professor, chair of the committee on discrimination

Aram Hakim

sympathetic member of Melanie's sexual harassment investigation

Rosalind

Lurie's second ex-wife

Evelina

Lucy's biological mother

Teresa Guiccoli

Byron's last mistress before he dies; Byron and Teresa's relationship is the topic of Lurie's opera

Ryan

Melanie's boyfriend

Desiree

Melanie's younger sister

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