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Lord Clonbrony, an owner of large estates in Ireland who absents himself to live in London. He is ignored in fashionable circles, travels with questionable associates, and gets into embarrassing financial circumstances.
Lady Clonbrony, an Irishwoman who apes English manners and speech. She makes herself ridiculous in London. Her chief desire is to see her son marry an heiress.
Sir Terence O’Fay
Sir Terence O’Fay, an impecunious sponger who attaches himself to Lord Clonbrony.
Lord Colambre, son of Lord Clonbrony, a student at Cambridge. He loves Grace Nugent, whom he marries. An honest, level-headed young man, he straightens out his father’s financial affairs.
Grace Nugent, a distant relative of the Clonbronys. A beautiful, talented, and well-mannered girl, she eventually becomes Lord Colambre’s wife.
Miss Broadhurst, a sensible young woman and an heiress whom Lady Clonbrony hopes to have as a daughter-in-law. Because she is not attracted to Lord Colambre, she eventually marries Arthur Berryl.
Arthur Berryl, a friend of Lord Clonbrony. He falls in love with and marries Miss Broadhurst.
Sir John Berryl
Sir John Berryl, Arthur’s father. He almost ends in debtors’ prison because he has borrowed money from Mr. Mordicai. He dies, leaving his family penniless.
Mr. Mordicai, a coachmaker and money lender.
Sir James Brooke
Sir James Brooke, a British official in Dublin.
Nicholas Garraghty, Lord Clonbrony’s agent. He is dishonest and hated by the nobleman’s tenants. When he is found out, he is dismissed.
Dennis Garraghty, Nicholas’ dishonest brother.
Mrs. Raffarty, Nicholas’ sister, a silly, affected woman.
Lady Dashfort, an Irish noblewoman who wants Lord Colambre as a son-in-law.
Lady Isabel, Lady Dashfort’s daughter, a malicious flirt.
Lord Kilpatrick and
Lady Killpatrick, examples of what is worst in the Irish nobility.
Count O’Halloran, Lord Colambre’s friend. He loves his native Ireland.
Lord Oranmore and
Lady Oranmore, examples of what is best in the Irish nobility.
Mr. Burke, an honest agent hired by Lord Clonbrony.
Mrs. O’Neill, one of Lord Clonbrony’s tenants.
Brian O’Neill, Mrs. O’Neill’s son.
Captain Reynolds, Grace Nugent’s dead father. His papers reveal that his daughter is legitimate.
Mr. Reynolds, the Captain’s father, Grace’s grandfather. He is delighted to have the girl turn out to be his rightful heir.