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Arcadia | Study Guide

Tom Stoppard

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Arcadia | Characters

Character Description
Septimus Hodge Handsome Septimus Hodge, 22 years old in 1809, is a Cambridge-educated academic who tutors Thomasina Coverly and later becomes the hermit of Sidley Park. Read More
Thomasina Coverly Thomasina Coverly is a young, precocious mathematics genius who dies in 1812, a day before her 17th birthday. Read More
Ezra Chater Ezra Chater is, at best, a mediocre poet ridiculed by Septimus Hodge in 1809 and repeatedly cheated on by his wife. Read More
Hannah Jarvis In her late 30s, Hannah Jarvis is a successful modern writer researching the hermit of Sidley Park. Read More
Bernard Nightingale In his late 30s, Bernard Nightingale is an arrogant academic in the present time who mistakenly believes Lord Byron killed Ezra Chater in a duel. Read More
Valentine Coverly Valentine Coverly, in his late 20s, is the present-day heir to Sidley Park and a mathematician working with Hannah Jarvis in researching the garden at Sidley Park. Read More
Lady Croom Lady Croom is the imperious, adulterous mistress of Sidley Park in 1809 and mother of Thomasina and Augustus. Read More
Captain Brice Bachelor brother of Lady Croom, Edward Brice of the Royal Navy is a ship's captain and in love with Mrs. Chater; to remain close to her, he pays for Ezra Chater's book to be published and for him to become a botanist.
Lord Byron Although he never appears in person, Lord Byron, the witty, handsome poet friend of Septimus, is a guest in the house and has liaisons with multiple women at Sidley Park.
Mrs. Chater Although never seen on stage, Mrs. Chater is Ezra Chater's lustful and often unfaithful wife who causes much of the conflict among the other characters.
Augustus Coverly Augustus Coverly is Thomasina's brash 15-year-old brother who attends Eton.
Chloë Coverly The vivacious, sexually active 18-year-old sister of Valentine and Gus, Chloë Coverly is attracted to Bernard Nightingale.
Gus Coverly Gus is Chloë and Valentine's timid 15-year-old, intellectually gifted brother who does not speak, though his siblings seem to understand his nonverbal communications.
Hermione Coverly Keenly interested in the history of the Sidley Park gardens, Hermione Coverly, who does not appear on stage, is the present-day Lady Croom. Hannah Jarvis helps her with the estate garden books created by Richard Noakes.
Jellaby Jellaby is the estate butler in 1809.
Richard Noakes Richard Noakes is a landscape architect and gardener who, in 1809, is transforming the classical gardens of Sidley Park into a Gothic landscape, against Lady Croom's wishes.
Count Zelinsky Count Zelinsky, a Polish nobleman, is a piano tuner in Derbyshire and Lady Croom's romantic interest in 1812; he plays the piano offstage but never appears.
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