The Red Room (Cyclopedia of Literary Characters, Revised Third Edition)
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, a clerk, and
Nystrom, a schoolmaster, fawning cronies of Charles Nicholas Falk.
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, a practical painter who earns money by illustrating magazines.
Rehnhjelm, a young man who ardently desires to be an actor. As a member of a theatrical company, he...
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