Frank Wellborn, an impoverished gentleman who has wasted much of his inheritance and been defrauded of the rest by his uncle, Sir Giles Overreach. His fortunes are at their lowest ebb when young Allworth discovers him as he is being evicted from a tavern for refusing to pay his bill. He proudly refuses to accept aid from the boy and plans instead to avenge himself on his unjust uncle. A shrewd judge of character, he wins Lady Allworth’s assistance by reminding her of his generosity to her late husband and plays on Marall’s natural greed to further his plot against Sir Giles. When he regains his fortune, he rejects his prodigal past entirely and, hoping to win back his lost reputation, asks Lord Lovell for a company to command.
Sir Giles Overreach
Sir Giles Overreach, Wellborn’s miserly, tyrannical uncle. Although he vows that he is ambitious only for the sake of his young daughter, he gathers without scruple the wealth and rank he desires for her, destroying whoever stands in his way. His greed, accurately assessed by Wellborn, brings about his downfall; he has mentally confiscated Lady Allworth’s property before he makes certain that his nephew is really to be her husband. The most crushing blow to his aspirations is his daughter’s elopement with young Allworth, a marriage facilitated by his eagerness to make her Lady Lovell.
Margaret, Sir Giles’ daughter, fortunately...
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