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Joseph is Charles’ brother, cunning and ambitious. He wants to marry with Maria because of her money and because of this he plots with Lady Sneerwell. He is promiscuous and he proposes to Lady Teazle to have an affair with her. He loves money but he refuses to help his poor relative, Stanley, telling him that he has no money even though that was not true.
Charles is one of Sir Oliver’s nephews, madly in love with Maria. He is a young man who likes to spend but has a kind heart and is willing to help Stanley while Joseph does everything he can to not give Stanley money. He is grateful for the help his uncle provides and refuses to sell his portrait out of respect even when Mr. Premium offers to pay a fortune for it. Because of this, Charles is considered as being the worthy nephew and gets Sir Oliver’s money.
Sir Oliver Surface
Sir Oliver is Charles and Joseph’s rich uncle who was gone a long period of time in the East Indies. He sent his nephews money and when he returned, he wanted to find more about their true character in order to determine who is worthy to get his inheritance. To do this, he assumes the identity of Mr. Premium and Stanley to test them. He is kind and vigilant, not believing so easy everything he hears about Charles and Joseph.
Sir Peter Teazle
Sir Pete is an old gentlemen, very rich, who marries a young girl. He takes Joseph’s side and tells Sir Oliver about Charles’ behavior. He wants to separate from his wife because he thinks that she spends too much money but is willing to let her a large sum of money as a form of compensation. He decides against breaking up with his wife and tries to reconcile with her.
She is Sir Pete’s young wife, described as being very beautiful but vain and with a passion for having fashionable clothes. She and her husband have their little arguments and at one point, Lady Teazle thinks about having an affair with Joseph but decided against it when she hears her husband talking about the money he intends to leave her.
Maria is a young girl, the only character who doesn’t like to gossip. She is used almost as a symbol for what is pure and good. She loves Charles but Joseph tries to break them up and almost succeeds when rumors are spread about an affair between Lady Sneerwell and Charles.
She is a widow, a wealthy woman who likes Charles and who is willing to do everything to break Charles and Maria up. She finds an ally in Joseph and together they start to scheme. She is known for her tendency to spread rumors but despite this she is very popular in her social circle.
She is one of Lady Sneerwell’s friends who also likes to rumor. She is a hypocrite because she affirms that spreading rumors is bad even though she does it too.
One of Lady Sneerwell’s friends who also likes to gossip.
She is Lady Sneerwell’s servant who helps her spreading her rumors.
He is one of Charles’ money lenders, who helps Sir Oliver get in touch with his nephew.
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Snake is Lady Sneeerwell's secretary and was employed to forge documents for his employer. True to his name, snake is sly and evil, although in the end, he turns against Sneerwell and exposes her plot to discredit Charles.