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Medardus is a monk and the main character in the story. He is in charge of the artifacts in the Capuchin convent. One interesting relic is the devil's elixir, which Medardus drinks out of necessity and discovers the truth about his family and himself.

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Count Victorin is Medardus's stepbrother and a notorious womanizer. He has an affair with a baron's wife and is also interested in Aurelia, Medardus's love interest.

Aurelia is Medardus's love interest and the daughter of Baron von F___. She first meets Medardus during a confession, where she tells him that she loves him.

Francesco is Medardus's and Victorin's father. He is also a painter who used to be part of the Lime Tree convent, where Medardus was born.

Other notable characters include Hermogen, Baron von F___, Euphemia, Pietro Belcampo, Leonardus, Reinhold, Prince von Rosenthurm, The Duke of Neuenburg, and Father Spiridion.

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Medardus (meh-DAHR-dews), a monk. He is put in charge of the relics of his order, which include among them an elixir reputed to cause any who drink it to belong to the devil; if two people should taste the potion, they would be as one in thought and desire while secretly wishing to destroy each other. Medardus drinks of the elixir and is then confronted with all the devices of the powers of darkness, which weave about him a web of falsehoods, murders, mistaken identities, and madness until he recovers and is purged of his guilt. He is then asked by Father Spiridion, the monastery librarian, to put his life story in writing.

Count Victorin

Count Victorin, Medardus’ brother, who has also drunk of the devil’s elixir. Unknown to each other as brothers, the two resemble each other and have the same desires. In one guise or another, each tries continually to destroy the other.


Aurelia (ah-ew-REH

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