36, married to Frederick Arbuthnot, a library official and pulp novelist. She is committed to the welfare of the poor of her Hampstead parish.
28, “Lady Caroline Derby,” a member of London’s fast and sophisticated aristocratic “bright young things” set.
75, widow of Admiral Fisher. She is an extremely proud survivor of the Great Victorian Age.
30, a modest housewife married to Mellresh Wilkins, Esquire, solicitor. They live in suburban Hampstead, near London.
FREDERICK ARBUTHNOT, 46, husband to Rose. He is a senior librarian at the British Museum who enjoys a successful career as the pseudonymous “August St. Claire,” author of popular pulp historical “bodice-ripper” fictions.
THOMAS BRIGGS, 29, a composer of romantic art songs and the owner of a medieval castle-for-hire, San Salvatore. A bachelor.
MELLRESH WILKINS, 38, husband to Lottie. He is a serious-minded, ambitious solicitor.
DOMENICO, 40’s, London Man, Admiral Fisher, and then gardener and estate manager at San Salvatore.
FRANCESCA, 40’s, London Woman, The Duchess, then the housekeeper at San Salvatore, a spinster. She speaks English well.
ANGELA, 16, London Girl, then a pretty young chambermaid and housegirl at San Salvatore.
BEPPO, 20’s, London Boy, then general handyman at San Salvatore.