He is a scholar of Victorian literature who becomes obsessed with solving the mystery of what happened between Christabel and Randolph Henry Ash.
Randolph Henry Ash
He is a famous Victorian poet, known for his complex and highly educated writings.
He is a well-known British scholar and expert on Ash.
She is Roland's partner at the start of the novel; the relationship ends and Val eventually begins dating Euan MacIntyre. Val initially pursued literary research, but ends up working temp jobs to support Roland.
She is Randolph Henry Ash's wife.
An American scholar and expert on Ash, he is the head of a collection that features many papers and items related to Ash, and is extremely aggressive about expanding this collection.
A British scholar whose research focuses on literary theory, he completed his dissertation along with Roland, and has been more successful at getting academic jobs.
A Victorian writer known for her poems and short stories, she had a modest reputation during her lifetime, but at the time of the novel, feminist scholarship has brought renewed attention to her work.
She is Blackadder's research assistant.
A scholar whose research focuses on Ellen Ash, her lifelong project has been editing the journals of Ellen Ash.
Christabel's close friend and possibly lover, she was active as a painter, and committed suicide when she felt abandoned by Christabel.
She is an American scholar who specializes in researching Christabel LaMotte from a feminist perspective.
The son of the current Lord Ash, he is next in line to inherit copyrights and documents related to Randolph Henry Ash.
George and Joan Bailey
They are Maud's distant relatives who are the current owners of Seal Court.
He is a wealthy lawyer who becomes romantically involved with Val, and offers to provide legal assistance to Maud.
He is the lawyer hired by George and Joan Bailey to handle the legal process around the newly discovered letters.
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