Characters Discussed

Clunch

Clunch, a smith who is generous, kind, and simple. He finds three pages lost in a wood and takes them to his hut.

Madge

Madge, Clunch’s hospitable wife. Sleeping accommodations being limited, she entertains two of the boys with a fantastic story that becomes the main play.

Antic

Antic,

Frolic

Frolic, and

Fantastic

Fantastic, the lost pages.

Sacrapant

Sacrapant (SAK-ruh-pant), a wicked magician, probably borrowed from Orlando furioso, foreshadowing John Milton’s Comus. Although young in appearance, when he is dead he becomes old and withered.

Delia

Delia (DEEL-yuh), also Berecynthia (BEHR-eh-SIHN-thee-uh), a beautiful captive girl, enchanted by Sacrapant. She is rescued by Eumenides and the Ghost of Jack.

Eumenides

Eumenides (ew-MEHN-ih-deez), a wandering knight in love with Delia. Generous and charitable, he pays for the funeral of a pauper, whose ghost becomes an improbable guardian angel and helps him destroy Sacrapant.

The Ghost of Jack

The Ghost of Jack, formerly an irresponsible, happy-go-lucky character. In gratitude for Eumenides’ charity, he becomes the principal mover of the dramatic action.

Erestus

Erestus (ee-REHS-tuhs), a young man enchanted by Sacrapant. Sometimes he is a white bear, sometimes an old man. He gives a cryptic prophecy to Eumenides to guide him to his love and his triumph.

Venelia

Venelia (vehn-EE-lya), the betrothed of Erestus. Neither wife, widow, nor maid, she is able to break the Enchanter’s glass and extinguish the light that sustains his enchantments, thereby releasing his victims.

Huanebango

Huanebango (wayn-eh-BANG-goh), a fantastic braggart. He speaks snatches of verse including nonsensical dactyllic hexameters. Trying to rescue Delia, he is deafened by Sacrapant. Instead of Delia, he gets Zantippa.

Corebus

Corebus (KOHR-eh-buhs), also called Booby, a clown who has been a friend of Jack. Struck blind by Sacrapant’s enchantment, he marries Celanta, whom be believes beautiful.

Lampriscus

Lampriscus (lam-PRIHS-kuhs), a countryman. He sends his daughters to the enchanted well of life to find their fortune.

Zantippa

Zantippa (zan-TIHP-uh), Lampriscus’ beautiful, shrewish daughter. She acquires a deaf husband, Huanebango, but no wealth.

Celanta

Celanta (see-LAN-ta), Lampriscus’ ugly, sweet-tempered daughter. She acquires a blind husband and great wealth.

Calypha

Calypha (KAL-ih-fa) and

Thelea

Thelea (THEE-lee-ah), Delia’s brothers. They are captured by Sacrapant and rescued by Eumenides and Venelia.

Wiggen

Wiggen, Jack’s friend who pleads for his proper burial.

Stephen Loach

Stephen Loach, an inflexible churchwarden.

Sexton

Sexton, an uncharitable man. He refuses to bury Jack without his fee.