Father Adolf is the presiding priest in Eseldorf. When he learns of the magician Balthasar’s magical powers, Father Adolf determines to have him burned at the stake as a heretic. However, he succeeds only in arresting Number 44, who is magically disguised as Balthasar, and who magically escapes before being burned. Father Adolf then declares that the Duplicates are evil spirits, and condemns them to be burned at the stake. However, every time he arrests one of the Duplicates, the Duplicate magically escapes before being burned, and Father Adolf eventually gives up trying. Father Adolf represents a medieval mentality of superstition, which he uses to justify asserting his power over others.
Adam Binks is a sixty-year-old proofreader who lives in the castle and works in the print shop.
Doangivadam is an itinerant printer. When the men in the print shop go on strike, August prays for Doangivadam to come and help with the situation. A few days later, Doangivadam arrives at the castle, and immediately takes the side of Number 44 against the other print shop workers. Doangivadam expresses his approval of August for befriending Number 44.
August Feldner, also known as Martin von Giesbach in Marget Regen’s dreams, is a sixteenyear- old printer’s apprentice and the narrator of ‘‘The Mysterious Stranger.’’ When Number 44...
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