The Red Room Characters

Characters (Great Characters in Literature)

Characters Discussed

Arvid Falk

Arvid Falk, a would-be poet. Unable to find a publisher for his poems, he takes a job on a newspaper. His poems are finally published, and he becomes, to all appearances, a successful journalist. Disillusioned, however, because he is never allowed to report the news honestly as he sees it, he moves from paper to paper and eventually suffers a mental breakdown. After his recovery, he becomes a conventional schoolmaster and marries a schoolmistress.

Charles Nicholas Falk

Charles Nicholas Falk, Arvid Falk’s brother, a businessman. He emerges unscathed from a financial disaster to go on to further material successes.

Mrs. Charles Nicholas Falk

Mrs. Charles Nicholas Falk, Charles Nicholas Falk’s self-indulgent, socially ambitious young wife.

Levin

Levin, a clerk, and

Nystrom

Nystrom, a schoolmaster, fawning cronies of Charles Nicholas Falk.

Sellen

Sellen, a painter. For reasons having nothing to do with art, he becomes celebrated as a painter and, to all appearances, a highly successful young man.

Lundell

Lundell, a practical painter who earns money by illustrating magazines.

Rehnhjelm

Rehnhjelm, a young man who ardently desires to be an actor. As a member of a theatrical company, he falls idealistically in love with Agnes. When he learns that she is Falander’s mistress, he threatens suicide, but he recovers from the affair and returns to the security of his wealthy family.

Olle Montanus

Olle Montanus, a philosopher and sculptor. Finally, unable to work except as a stone mason, he takes his own life.

Ygberg

Ygberg, a philosopher who argues with the artists and writers in the Red Room.

Falander

Falander, an elderly fellow actor of Rehnhjelm and Agnes’ lover.

Borg

Borg, a cynical young doctor who is Arvid Falk’s friend and benefactor. Expecting nothing from life, he alone remains unchanged among the changing fortunes and ideals of Arvid’s friends and associates.

Agnes

Agnes (Beda Petterson), who, as Agnes, a sixteen-year-old ingenue and the mistress of Falander, inspires the idealistic love of Rehnhjelm. As Beda Petterson, a worker in a Stockholm café, she is loved by Arvid Falk.

Smith

Smith, a publisher.

Struve

Struve, a journalist.