Gil Blas of Santillane
Gil Blas of Santillane (heel blahs, sahn-tee-YAHN), a rogue who serves a series of masters and finally ends up a country gentleman.
Blas of Santillane
Blas of Santillane, his father, married to an elderly chambermaid.
Gil Pérez (PEH-rehs), Gil’s uncle, a fat canon who gives Gil forty pistoles and a donkey and sends him to the University of Salamanca.
Antonia (ahn-TOH-nyah), a farmer’s daughter who becomes Gil’s wife. She and their baby daughter die.
Dorothea (doh-roh-TEH-ah), Gil’s second wife, with whom he spends his remaining days in Lirias on an estate given him by Don Alfonso.
Scipio (SKEE-pee-oh), Gil’s servant, who tries to arrange a marriage with the rich daughter of a goldsmith, an effort ruined by Gil’s arrest.
Captain Rolando (rroh-LAHN-doh), a leader of robbers who capture Gil on his way to Salamanca.
Donna Mencia (MEHN-see-ah), a prisoner of the robbers who is rescued by Gil.
Fabricio (fah-BREE-see-oh), Gil’s schoolmate, who advises him to go into service.
Doctor Sangrado (sahn-GRAH-doh), one of Gil’s masters, whose universal remedy is bleedings.
Don Matthias (maht-TEE-ahs), another master, whose fashionable clothes Gil borrows to impress a “fine lady.” She turns out to be a serving maid.
Arsenia (ahr-SEHN-ee-ah), an actress who employs Gil for a short time after Don Matthias is killed in a duel.
Aurora (ow-ROH-rah), a virtuous woman whose love affair with Lewis is furthered by Gil.
Lewis, a college student desired by Aurora. They eventually marry.
Don Alphonso (ahl-FOHN-soh), whom Gil gets appointed governor of Valencia.
The Archbishop, who angrily discharges Gil for criticizing his sermons.
The Duke of Lerma
The Duke of Lerma, the prime minister, whom Gil serves as a confidential agent.
Count Olivarez (oh-lee-VAHR-ehs), the new prime minister, who tries unsuccessfully to keep Gil at court.