Note: One of Mr. Gitney’s theories for increasing rationality is to call people by numbers rather than by names. If a number accompanies the name, that is how the person is known in the College of Lucidity.
Octavian—the narrator, a slave boy educated as an experiment.
Princess Cassiopeia—a former African princess, now slave and Octavian’s mother.
Cloud—Octavian’s dog that is accidentally poisoned.
Mr. Josiah Gitney (03-01)—owner of the college, Octavian, and his mother.
Mr. 07-03—a wild-haired young painter.
Dr. Trefusis (09-01)—an elderly scholar who tutors Octavian.
Pro Bono (24-06)— one of Gitney’s slaves, commonly called Bono.
Druggett—a trader/naturalist who deals with the Iroquois.
Dr. Matthias Fruhling—a businessman who visits Gitney’s house.
13-04—the music master who tutors Octavian.
John Withers—the customs inspector who is tarred and feathered.
Lord Cheldthorpe (02-01)—Gitney’s aristocratic benefactor who dies.
The Earl of Cheldthorpe—the Lord Cheldthorpe’s nephew, a foolish enthusiast.
Mr. Richard Sharpe—the strict new supervisor of Gitney’s home.
Elijah Tolley—a white man who reports the escaped Octavian to Gitney.
Private Evidence (Ev) Goring—a young enlisted man who becomes friends with Octavian.
Davey—the slave catcher who captures Octavian.
Hosiah Lister—a slave who was promised his freedom for fighting and gets it in death.