Euphues (YEW-fyew-eez), a witty, well-born young man. He disregards Eubulus’ good advice about the traps which lie in the path of an indiscreet youth, and finds himself betraying his friend Philautus for the favors of a fickle young woman. He recognizes the value of the wisdom of age when she casts him off for another gallant.
Philautus (fih-LOH-tuhs), his friend, a clever, courteous young gentleman. He trusts Euphues at first and is furious to learn that his “friend” has stolen the affections of his bride-to-be.
Lucilla (lew-SIH-luh), a bright, attractive girl whose interest shifts quickly from one young man to another. She debates her motives before she turns from Philautus to Euphues, but she forsakes the latter with no qualms.
Don Ferardo (feh-RAHR-doh), her father, a wealthy nobleman of Naples. He tries to deal wisely with his willful child, but he is so heartbroken by her fickleness that he dies, leaving his estate to be squandered by Lucilla and the foolish Curio.
Curio (KEW-ree-oh), a Neapolitan gentleman “of little wealth and less wit” who draws Lucilla’s attentions from Euphues to himself.
Eubulus (YEW-buh-luhs), a wise old man. He laments the waste of Euphues’ natural gifts and advises him to govern his wit with wisdom.
Livia (LIH-vee-uh), Lucilla’s companion, a young woman of more character and virtue than her friend.