Roderick Hudson


  • Rowland Mallet a wealthy Bostonian bachelor and art connoisseur.
  • Cecilia, Rowland's cousin. She is the widow of a nephew of Rowland's father. She has lost her fortune and lives in Northampton, Massachusetts.
  • Roderick Hudson, a law student in Northampton, Massachusetts, sculptor by hobby.
  • Mrs Hudson, Roderick's mother.
  • Stephen Hudson, Roderick's brother. Died in the Civil War and is only mentioned a few times in the novel.
  • Miss Mary Garland a distant poor cousin of the Hudsons who has been living with them as a companion to Mrs. Hudson. Mallet finds himself unexpectedly attracted to the young woman—to her simplicity, her lack of affectation, and her honesty.
  • Mr Striker, an attorney who lent books to Roderick when he was studying law.
  • Mrs Striker, Mr Striker's wife.
  • Miss Petronilla Striker, the Strikers' daughter.
  • Mrs Light, Christina Light's mother.
  • Miss Christina Light, later the Princess Casamassima. A beautiful American woman with whom Roderick Hudson falls in love.
  • The Cavaliere the Lights' devoted and mysterious servant
  • Gloriani, a friend of Roderick's, another sculptor. He is in his forties.
  • Sam Singleton, an American painter and a friend of Roderick's.
  • Miss Augusta Blanchard, a friend of Roderick's. She is American, young and pretty.
  • Madame Grandoni, Miss Blanchard's neighbour.
  • Prince Casamassima, a rich Neapolitan.
  • Mr Leavenworth, a gentleman who made money in Midwestern borax mines. He is a friend of Miss Blanchard's.

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