(Great Characters in Literature)

Characters Discussed

Francis Tyrrel

Francis Tyrrel, a young Englishman posing as an artist. He is a half brother of the earl of Etherington. He returns to St. Ronan’s in an effort to prove his legitimacy and the treachery of his illegitimate half brother. He succeeds, but too late for any happiness to come from the revelations.

The earl of Etherington

The earl of Etherington, the illegitimate half brother of Francis Tyrrel and the usurper of his title. As a young man, he had treacherously substituted himself for Tyrrel and had married Clara Mowbray for the fortune that went with her hand. Forced to leave before the consummation of the marriage, he had vowed never to see her again, but he returns later, again disguised, to attempt to force another marriage. His betrayal is finally revealed, and he is killed by John Mowbray.

Clara Mowbray

Clara Mowbray, the daughter of a Scottish laird. Because of a fortune that goes with her hand, she was coerced into a marriage with the earl of Etherington, who was forced to flee before the marriage was consummated. Later, he returns, disguised, hoping to force another marriage and acquire the fortune. His treachery is revealed too late for Clara, who, in an effort to escape, flees, wanders about distractedly, and finally dies.

John Mowbray

John Mowbray, Clara Mowbray’s brother, who attempts to force her marriage to the earl of...

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