Characters Discussed

(Great Characters in Literature)

Jenny Brown

Jenny Brown and

David Scott

David Scott, young American painters living together in a tortured, on-again, off-again relationship, unable even to agree whether their first destination after landing in Europe will be Spain or France.

Dr. Schumann

Dr. Schumann, the ship’s doctor. He has a serious heart condition. More than any other character, he is remote from common prejudices, tensions, and jealousies, but he becomes enamored of La Condesa.

La Condesa

La Condesa (kohn-DEH-sah), a dissolute noblewoman being deported from Cuba to Tenerife.

Siegfried Rieber

Siegfried Rieber (REE-behr) and

Lizzie Spöckenkieker

Lizzie Spöckenkieker (SHPEH-kehn-kee-kehr), a couple on board the ship. He is the publisher of a ladies’ garment trade magazine, and she is in the ladies’ garment trade. He is short and round, and is separated from his wife. She is taller, scrawny, and long divorced. Their bumptious and never quite consummated courtship lasts almost the whole voyage.

Professor Hutten

Professor Hutten and

Mrs. Hutten

Mrs. Hutten (HEWT-tehn), who are returning to Germany after his long tenure as head of a German...

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(Beacham's Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction)

The Vera, the ship of fools, transports a large cast of characters, and Porter's astute artistry covers her vast canvas with vivid,...

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