Palace of the Peacock, 1960
The Dreaming I
The Dreaming I, the narrator, a younger brother of Donne. He accompanies Donne on the quest and participates in the mystical experience that unites the dead and the living. He alone survives to tell the story.
Donne, an estate owner, the lifelong protector of the narrator. A brown-skinned man, he is the captain of the crew that is traveling into the mountains to get laborers for the estate he is building in the interior of Guyana. Donne is tough, decisive, and harsh. His brutality toward his mistress, Mariella, echoes his brutality toward all the natives, and the narrator’s initial dream or vision indicates that eventually Donne was or will be killed by the natives, or by Mariella as their representative.
Cameron, a member of the crew, whose red face and kinky hair indicate his mixed Scottish and African ancestry. Although he is quiet and long-suffering, he is frustrated because he has never been able to accumulate enough money to realize his dreams of landownership. In a quarrel, he is stabbed in the back by one of the Da Silva twins.
Schomburgh, a crew member of German and Amerindian background. Although he is in his fifties, he is agile and a good bowman. After the death of Carroll, his son, Schomburgh dies in his sleep.
Carroll, the youngest crew member and the son of...
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