Characters Discussed

(Great Characters in Literature)

Ivan Kralich

Ivan Kralich (ih-VAHN KRAH-lihch), a Bulgarian patriot who has escaped after eight years of imprisonment by the Turks. He eludes pursuit and, having changed his name, finds a job teaching school. He is still a revolutionary, however, and after suspicion forces him to flee again, he leads a revolt that is soon crushed. Once more a fugitive, he takes refuge in a mill, where his sweetheart and an old comrade join him. All three are killed after a valiant struggle during an attack on the mill.

Rada

Rada (RAH-duh), a gentle orphan who teaches school. She and Kralich fall in love, and she goes to a nearby village to join him, but a misunderstanding and a crushed revolt force them to part. Rada, learning that Kralich is hiding in the mill, goes to aid him. There, she is killed in the Turkish attack.

Sokolov

Sokolov (soh-koh-LOHF), an eccentric Bulgarian. He is the village doctor, though without formal training, and a patriot. He is often a fugitive from the Turks. He dies in the attack on the mill with Rada and Kralich.

Marika

Marika (mah-RIH-kuh), the miller’s young daughter. Kralich, hiding in the mill, is able to save her from attack by two Turkish policemen. She and her father then aid the fugitive.

Marko

Marko (MAHR-koh), a Bulgarian patriot who aids Kralich and Sokolov.

Mouratliski

Mouratliski (mew-raht-LIHS-kih), Kralich’s friend and fellow patriot, also a fugitive from the Turks. He poses as an Austrian photographer.

Ivan

Ivan, called Kill-the-Bear, a giant, one of the members of Kralich’s group.

Kandov

Kandov (KAHN-dof), a student who makes Rada miserable by following her about. His attentions and pursuit are the cause of a misunderstanding between Kralich and Rada.