Characters Discussed (Cyclopedia of Literary Characters, Revised Third Edition)
Phineas Finn (FIHN-ee-uhs), a personable young Irishman with political aspirations. Elected to Parliament, he goes to London, where he makes a number of influential friends and becomes enamored, in turn, of Lady Laura Standish, Violet Effingham, and Madame Marie Max Goesler. Material and political advancement point to a promising career until passage of the Irish Reform Bill abolishes his borough. His parliamentary career over, he returns to Ireland and marries his Irish sweetheart, Mary Flood Jones.
Mary Flood Jones
Mary Flood Jones, a pretty Irish girl in love with Phineas Finn, whom she marries when he returns to Ireland at the end of his parliamentary career.
Lady Laura Standish
Lady Laura Standish, Lord Brentford’s daughter, who is in love with Phineas Finn. She marries Mr. Kennedy after she exhausts her fortune on her profligate brother, Lord Chiltern.
Lord Brentford, a prominent Whig.
Mr. Kennedy, a wealthy member of Parliament who marries Lady Laura Standish.
Lord Chiltern, the profligate son of Lord Brentford and a friend of Phineas Finn. He is in love with Violet Effingham, whose hand he wins as Phineas’ rival.
Violet Effingham, courted by Phineas Finn...
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