Characters (Cyclopedia of Literary Characters, Revised Third Edition)
Stephen Bloundel, a London grocer whose beautiful daughter Amabel is sought by apprentice and nobleman alike. He does all he can to protect his family during the plague of 1665, but Amabel refuses to remain in the boarded-up house. She eventually dies of the plague.
Amabel, his beautiful daughter. She is in love with Wyvil, the earl of Rochester, who entices her to the vaults of St. Paul’s, almost marries her, later kidnaps her, and at last marries her shortly before she dies of the plague.
Leonard Holt, Bloundel’s apprentice. In love with Amabel, he prevents her first attempt to marry Wyvil. Plague-stricken, he is nursed by Nizza, whom he later rescues after her abduction by Sir Paul. Shocked by Amabel’s death, he is nursed to health by Bloundel, whose partner he becomes. During the great London fire, he suggests to King Charles the plan of blowing up houses to halt the spread of fire. He saves Charles’s life during the fire; for his heroism, he is dubbed Baron Argentine. He marries Nizza (Lady Isabella Argentine).
Maurice Wyvil, the earl of Rochester, a philanderer who plots to dishonor Amabel through amorous pretense of wooing and falsely wedding her. He is tricked into actually marrying her. After her death, he marries Mistress Mallet.
Sir Paul Parravicin
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