Sir Joseph Wittol
Sir Joseph Wittol, a foolish country knight. He falls in love with Araminta on first seeing her and is fooled for a time into thinking she intends to marry him.
Ned Bellmour, a gallant young bachelor in love with Belinda. Disguised as a Puritan preacher, he visits Fondlewife’s spouse and has a merry time as a lark. True to his friends, he saves Heartwell from a disastrous marriage with Silvia, a prostitute. Although he is a little wild, he is a good young man, and Belinda plans to marry him.
Sharper, Bellmour’s unscrupulous friend.
Captain Bluffe, a supposed veteran of the British Army. Although his boasting and swaggering endear him to Wittol, he proves to be an arrant coward. He tries to bribe Setter to act as pander to bring him and Araminta together.
Belinda, a fashionable, wealthy young woman of great beauty. She loves and is loved by Bellmour.
Araminta, Belinda’s cousin. She and Vainlove are in love and plan to marry.
Vainlove, Bellmour’s friend. He loves Araminta, who forgives his romantic escapades and plans to marry him.
Gavot, Araminta’s singing teacher.
Silvia, a prostitute, Vainlove’s discarded mistress. She tries to break up the romance between Vainlove and Araminta and to trick Heartwell into a marriage with herself.
Lucy, Silvia’s maid.
Heartwell, a surly old bachelor and woman-hater. He is almost tricked into marrying Silvia, not knowing she is a prostitute.
Setter, Vainlove’s manservant.
Fondlewife, a banker and an ancient, doting husband. He catches his young wife with Bellmour.
Laetitia, Fondlewife’s spouse. She entertains Bellmour handsomely, thinking her husband is away on business. After he catches them together, Laetitia, weeping, convinces Fondlewife that she is innocent.