Characters Discussed (Cyclopedia of Literary Characters, Revised Third Edition)
Pedro Sánchez (PEH-droh SAHN-chehs), a provincial. Ignorant of the world outside his native region, he sets out for Madrid. He finds a job on the antigovernment newspaper El Clarín, where he wins a certain notoriety for criticism of a literary work by a member of the opposition; eventually, he catches the revolutionary fever of his fellow employees. When the government is overthrown, Pedro is rewarded with a provincial governorship, and he marries Clara. From this time on, his fortunes decline. Finally, he returns to his native mountains, where he writes the story of his disillusionment.
Augusto Valenzuela (ow-GEWS-toh vahl-ehn-SWEH-lah), a shady politician who promises Pedro Sánchez that he will see to his future when the boy comes to Madrid. He gives Pedro a cold reception when he presents himself in the city.
Clara (KLAHR-ah), Augusto Valenzuela’s daughter, who is later Pedro Sánchez’ extravagant and faithless first wife.
Serafín Balduque (sehr-ah-FEEN bahl-DEW-keh), Pedro Sánchez’ friend, a former state employee who is killed in street fighting against government...
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