The Williamsburg Trilogy Characters

Daniel Fuchs

The Characters

(Masterpieces of American Fiction)

Different characters people each of the works in the trilogy. In Summer in Williamsburg, many of the characters, such as Philip, Cohen, Sam Linck, Harry, Papravel, Mr. Hayman, and Mrs. Hayman, are fully realized individuals. Even many of the minor characters, including Mrs. Linck (Sam’s mother), Anna Linck (Sam’s wife), Marge (Sam’s girlfriend), Miller (a miser), and Morand, come to life. In his attempts to understand Williamsburg, Philip grows. Sam, however, remains static, taking up with Marge again and again, even after she gets into a fight with Mrs. Linck and Anna, makes anti-Semitic remarks, and gets some of her friends to beat Sam, and after Anna catches Marge and Sam together. Cohen changes moods rapidly but never grows. Morand finally becomes an attractive figure when Papravel breaks his spirit. Papravel, however, is a ruthless gangster who stands by his men, even when one of them kills a state trooper. He singlemindedly pursues his goals, destroying anyone getting in his way. His brother-in-law, Philip’s father, always is concerned with leading a moral life. Mrs. Hayman constantly helps others and ministers to the needs of her family. Philip ultimately decides that he admires his father tremendously and that the life of someone like Papravel is not for him.

The characters in Homage to Blenholt are closer to being types. Max is a dreamer, so caught up in his schemes that he does not recognize that people suffer because...

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