Wise Children

Other characters

  • Gareth Hazard – Son of Melchior Hazard's third marriage. Twin brother of Tristram Hazard. He became a missionary in his teens and was later based in South America. His children are presented to Dora and Nora at the end of the novel.
  • Estella 'A Star Danced' Hazard – Mother of Melchior and Peregrine. A Shakespearian actress. Her nickname is a reference to a line in William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing said by Beatrice: "Then there was a star danced and under that was I born."
  • Ranulph Hazard – Husband of Estella Hazard. Ranulph kills Estella, Cassius Booth and himself.
  • Cassius Booth – Boyfriend of Estella Hazard. Possibly the father of Melchior and Peregrine.
  • Pretty Kitty – Mother of Dora and Nora Chance, she dies giving birth to the girls.
  • ‘Our Cyn’ – Mother of Mavis, grandmother of Brenda and great grandmother of Tiffany. Showed up at Grandma Chance's door as a peasant.
  • Miss Worthington – Dora and Nora’s dance teacher.
  • Mrs. Worthington – Miss Worthington’s mother.
  • Gorgeous George – Comedian who appears as Bottom in a film version of A Midsummer Night's Dream. A Patriot who displays a map of the British Empire on his body. He is later on reduced to begging at the end of the novel.
  • ‘Pantomime Goose’ – Nora Chance's first boyfriend.
  • Principal boy – The wife of the Pantomime Goose.
  • ‘Blond tenor with unmemorable name’ – Nora Chance's boyfriend, to whom Dora loses her virginity on her seventeenth birthday.
  • Genghis Khan – A film producer. He produces a film version of 'The Dream' later described as a "masterpiece of kitsch". Takes his name from the ruthless Mongol warlord Genghis Khan because he behaves in manner that is perceived as similar. At one point is engaged to Dora Chance, but the marriage does not occur. Marries Daisy Duck.
  • Genghis Khan's first wife – A jealous woman who still loves her ex-husband after his marriage to Daisy Duck.
  • Mascara – Dance teacher during the filming of The Dream.
  • ‘Radical German exile’ – Boyfriend of Dora Chance.
  • Puck – Third husband of Delia Delaney.
  • Ross "Irish" O'Flaherty – An American writer and a boyfriend of Dora Chance, who taught her about literature.
  • Tony – Nora's boyfriend and fiance on the set of The Dream.
  • Brenda – The granddaughter of 'Our Cyn' and the mother of Tiffany.
  • Leroy Jenkins – The husband of Brenda.
  • Miss. Euphemia Hazard – Melchior and Peregrine's Presbyterian aunt, who adopts Melchior after his parents' deaths.

This content is from Wikipedia. GradeSaver is providing this content as a courtesy until we can offer a professionally written study guide by one of our staff editors. We do not consider this content professional or citable. Please use your discretion when relying on it.