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Orlando Orlando, the story's protagonist, begins life as a male, becomes female at age 30, and though she is 36 at the end of the novel, her lifetime spans almost 300 years. Read More
Sasha Sasha is the nickname Orlando gives to the Russian princess who is his first love and his first heartbreak. Read More
Shel Shel, whose full name is Marmaduke Bonthrop Shelmerdine, is Orlando's husband. Read More
Nick Greene Nick Greene is a bitter poet who writes a scathing poem at Orlando's expense. He is the only other character, besides Orlando, who lives for hundreds of years. Read More
Archduke Harry Archduke Harry disguises himself as Archduchess Harriet to get close to Orlando. Read More
Joseph Addison Joseph Addison, a real poet, essayist, and dramatist who lived in the 17th and 18th centuries, founded two popular periodicals, The Tatler and The Spectator. He becomes friends with Orlando.
Mrs. Bartholomew After Mrs. Grimsditch's death, Mrs. Bartholomew, known as Widow Bartholomew, becomes Orlando's housekeeper, and it is her wedding ring that helps Orlando identify her uncontrollable urge to get married.
Basket Basket serves Orlando as a butler during the reign of Queen Victoria.
James Boswell James Boswell, Dr. Johnson's friend and biographer during the 18th century, is part of the group of "geniuses" whom Orlando watches.
Canute Canute, Orlando's beloved elk hound, recognizes Orlando upon her return from Turkey, even though she's now a woman.
Nurse Carpenter Nurse Carpenter is Orlando's childhood nanny who resides in his country home years after he becomes an adult.
King Charles King Charles II, king of England from 1660 to 1685, grants Orlando's request to become an ambassador to Constantinople.
Chastity Chastity is one of the three feminine graces that visits Orlando as she transforms into a woman.
Clorinda Clorinda, one of the three women who wants to marry Orlando, is known for falling faint at the sight of blood and trying to cure Orlando of his sins.
Mr. Dupper Mr. Dupper is the chaplain at Orlando's country home.
John Dryden John Dryden, a real and very famous poet, dramatist, and critic during the 17th century, becomes friends with Orlando during the 18th century.
Euphrosyne Euphrosyne, whose real name is Lady Margaret O'Brien O'Dare O'Reilly Tyrconnel, is the woman Orlando nearly marries before falling in love with Sasha.
Favilla Orlando breaks up with Favilla, one of the women who wants to marry him, because she is cruel to animals.
Mrs. Field Mrs. Field is a servant at Orlando's country home.
Giles Giles is Orlando's groom.
Mrs. Grimsditch Mrs. Grimsditch is Orlando's longtime housekeeper.
Nell Gwyn Nell Gwyn, King Charles II's mistress, comments on Orlando's "shapely legs."
Halls Halls is Orlando's falconer.
Giles Isham Giles Isham is Orlando's friend who introduces Orlando to Nick Greene.
King James I King James I hosts the festival during the Great Freeze.
Dr. Samuel Johnson Dr. Samuel Johnson, a real writer during the 18th century, is part of the group of "geniuses" whom Orlando watches.
Modesty Modesty is one of the three feminine graces that visits Orlando as she transforms into a woman.
Nell Nell is the prostitute female Orlando picks up when dressed like a man, and becomes close friends with Orlando.
Captain Nicholas Captain Nicholas Benedict Bartolus is the captain of the ship that takes Orlando from Turkey back to England.
Rosina Pepita Rosina Pepita, a gypsy, marries Orlando during his ambassadorship in Turkey, and her three sons sue female Orlando for their share of her property.
Alexander Pope Alexander Pope, a real 17th and 18th-century poet and satirist known for his wit, whose most famous works include An Essay on Man, The Rape of the Lock, and An Essay on Criticism, becomes friends with Orlando during the 18th century.
Purity Purity is one of the three feminine graces that visits Orlando as she transforms into a woman.
Prue Prue is one of the prostitutes Orlando befriends during the 18th century.
Prue Kitty Prue Kitty is one of the prostitutes Orlando befriends during the 18th century.
Queen Elizabeth I Queen Elizabeth I is the queen who dotes upon young Orlando.
Lady R. Lady R. is the London socialite who hosts gatherings of "geniuses" during the 18th century.
Rustum el Sadi Rustum el Sadi is the gypsy man who delivers Orlando from Turkey to the gypsy tribe.
William Shakespeare William Shakespeare, considered to be one of the greatest poets and dramatists from the 16th and 17th centuries, is the fat and shabby poet young Orlando sees in the servants' quarters.
Mrs. Stewkley Mrs. Stewkley is a servant at Orlando's country home; in her sitting room Orlando sees a poet at work, an image that stays with him for the rest of his life.
Stubbs Stubbs works for Orlando as a gardener during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I.
Jonathan Swift Jonathan Swift, a real writer during the 17th and 18th centuries whose most famous work is Gulliver's Travels, becomes friends with Orlando during the 18th century.
Twitchett Twitchett is Orlando's mother's maid.
Queen Victoria Queen Victoria, who ruled England from 1837 to 1901, becomes pregnant at the same time as Orlando.
Mrs. Ann Williams Mrs. Ann Williams, a real 18th-century poet who lived in Dr. Johnson's home, is part of the group of "geniuses" whom Orlando watches.
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