Abraham Wolf, a wealthy British banker who is sailing his yacht, the Cornucopia, to found a Jewish colony in Africa.
Dr. Silvestre Paradox
Dr. Silvestre Paradox (seel-VEHS-treh pah-rah-DOHKS), who is invited to accompany Wolf. In Africa, he becomes king of a native tribe. He voices the author’s philosophic ideas throughout the book.
Avelino Diz (ah-bay-LEE-noh dees), Paradox’s companion and skeptical friend.
Pelayo (pay-LAH-yoh), a scoundrel who was once Paradox’s secretary.
Arthur Sipsom, an English needle manufacturer and a guest aboard the Cornucopia.
Eichthal Thonelgeben, a scientist guest.
Miss Pich (peesh), an ex-ballet dancer and guest.
“The Cheese Kid,”
“The Cheese Kid,” an ex-cancan dancer and guest.
General Pérez (PEH-rehs), another guest.
Dora Pérez, his daughter.
Mingote (meen-GOH-tay), a revolutionist aboard the Cornucopia.
Hardibrás (ahr-dee-BRAHS), a soldier with a hook in place of his hand.
Monsieur Chabouly (shah-bew-LEE), a French chocolate maker and emperor of Western Nigritia, the location of his plantations.
Goizueta (goh-ee-ZWAY-tah), who is made captain of the Cornucopia when the original captain is lost in a storm.
King Kiri (KEE-ree), who enjoys killing those subjects he dislikes. When rebels kill him, Paradox is made king.
Funangué (few-nah[n]-GAY), prime minister of King Kiri.
Princess Mahu (MAH-ew), the king’s daughter, who ends up as a nude nightclub dancer.
Bagú (bah-GEW), a jealous medicine man who hates Paradox but loves Mahu.
Ugú (ew-GEW), a friendly native.