A young landowner who is married to Emily Trevelyan. He is extremely jealous of Colonel Osborne, so he asks his wife to discharge Osborne and when she doesn't agree to, he goes mad.
Louis Trevelyan’s wife and Sir Marmaduke Rowley’s daughter. She doesn’t agree with her husband when he asks her to discharge Osborne causing him to go mad. She is also Louey’s mother.
A wealthy governor of the Mandarin Islands. He is a father of eight daughters, including the eldest, Emily Trevelyan. He is married to Lady Rowley.
Sir Marmaduke Rowley’s wife and a mother of eight girls.
Sir Marmaduke Rowley’s second daughter and Emily’s sister. She chose Hugh Stanbury’s love over the riches.
Sir Marmaduke Rowley’s friend and Emily’s godfather. He is extremely interested in his friends’ wives.
A journalist who works for the Daily Record. He is Louis Trevelyan’s friend and Nora Rowley’s husband.
Hugh Stanbury’s sister and Brooke Burgess’s wife.
A minor canon at the Cathedral and Arabella French’s husband. His love affairs are very deeply described.
A member of the Burgess banking family. Dorothy Stanbury’s husband.
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