Tropic of Capricorn Characters
by Henry Miller
Henry MillerThe narrator and protagonist of the novel. He seems to correspond quite closely with the real-life Henry Miller, though certain discrepancies between Miller's life and the book's hero do exist. Miller is an aspiring writer, and the novel is, more than anything, a chronicle of his coming into his own as an artist.
MacGregorMiller's close friend. He and Miller make a habit of painting the town red by night. Full of lust, perennially chasing after women, MacGregor indulges Miller's decadent lifestyle while chastising him for always borrowing money and only thinking of himself.
Roy HamiltonA friend of Miller's who inspires him like no other. Miller meets Hamilton when the latter is searching for his biological father and staying on the East Coast with the MacGregor family. He seems a model of wisdom to Miller, nearly a prophet.
Grover WatrousA childhood neighbor of Miller's. He is a foul-mouthed and ill-tempered youth who one year converts to Christianity and renounces his old behavior.
Mr. MillerHenry Miller's father. A heavy drinker for most of his life, he goes on the wagon, falls ill, and finds God. When the minister who presided over his conversion leaves town, he feels deeply abandoned.
ValeskaA woman of mixed race who Miller meets in the offices of the Cosmodemonic Telegraph Company, and with whom he has an affair.
"Plunder-bird" ladyA Nameless woman who wears only black and foregoes underwear, and with whom Miller has an intense sexual relationship for a period of time.
HymieA coworker of Miller's at the Cosmodemonic Telegraph Company, and the man who originally rejects Miller for the job. He and Miller become friends.
Stevie RomeroAnother of Miller's friends, described as "clean as an egg."
O'RourkeThe Cosmodemonic Telegraph Company detective, who regales Miller with stories of murder, theft, and arson.
CurleyA seventeen year-old kid from Harlem who has no morals, and is therefore useful for Miller when he needs money.
MaxieA friend of Miller's. Miller asks him for money and lusts after his sister, Rita.
UlricA man who tells Miller about his travels in Europe, inspiring Miller with the detail of his accounts and the vividness of his language.
Pauline JanowskiA nineteen year-old girl with whom Miller has a one-night stand.
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- Summary and Analysis of Section I: From beginning to “I walked out by the same door that I had walked in – without as much as a by-your-leave, sir!”
- Summary and Analysis of Section II: “Things take place instantaneously” to “The frozen glass of the window cutting like a jackknife, clean and no remainder.”
- Summary and Analysis of Section III: “Life drifting by the show window” to “It gave me the feeling of the stupidity of the blood tie and of the love which is not spiritually imbued.”
- Summary and Analysis of Section IV: “I look back rapidly and I see myself again in California” to “I was not even a personal hard on.”
- Summary and Analysis of Section V: “It was about this time, adopting the pseudonym Samson Lackawanna, that I began my depradations” to “This is the only world you can inhabit, this tomb of the snake where darkness reigns.”
- Summary and Analysis of Section VI: “And suddenly for no reason at all, when I think of her returning to her nest, I remember Sunday mornings in the little old house near the cemetery” to “It makes you terribly quiet inside, makes you aware that the
- Summary and Analysis of Section VII: From “The stabbing horror of life is not contained in calamities and disasters” to end.
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