Characters Discussed

Adam

Adam (AH-dahm), the village judge. In an attempted seduction of Eve, a village girl, he is surprised by her betrothed, beaten by him, and forced to jump out of her window to escape recognition by his attacker. In spite of his invention of a series of unlikely stories designed to conceal his identity from the townsfolk and explain away the scars of battle, he eventually is found out, exposed before his court, and forced to flee the village to escape another beating.

Martha Rull

Martha Rull (MAHR-teh rool), a village woman. She is in Adam’s court carrying a broken jug and furiously demanding justice.

Ruprecht

Ruprecht (REWP-rasht), Eve’s suitor, who is accused by Martha Rull of breaking her pitcher. Under duress, he finally testifies that he broke the jug during an altercation with Eve’s would-be seducer.

Eve

Eve (AY-fa), Martha Rull’s daughter, who is engaged to Ruprecht and is the object of Adam’s attempted seduction.

Brigitte

Brigitte (bree-GIH-teh), Ruprecht’s aunt and a witness to the would-be seducer’s hasty retreat from Eve’s house. Her appearance in court with a wig dropped by the fleeing lover establishes Adam’s identity as the culprit.

Walter

Walter (VAHL-tehr), a counselor of the High Court, who is on a tour of inspection, during which he finds Adam’s court in a state of chaos.

Licht

Licht (lihsht), the clerk of the court.

Veit Tümpel

Veit Tümpel (fit TEWM-pehl), Ruprecht’s father.