Pudd'nhead Wilson | Study Guide

Mark Twain

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Pudd'nhead Wilson | Characters

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David Wilson David "Pudd'nhead" Wilson is a likable young man who settles in Dawson's Landing. Read More
Roxy Roxy—short for Roxana—is a house slave. Read More
Chambers Chambers, whose formal name is Valet de Chambre, is Roxy's son. For most of the novel he is known as Tom Driscoll. Read More
Tom Driscoll Thomas à Becket, or Tom, is the son of landowner Percy Driscoll. For most of the novel he is known as Chambers. Read More
Judge Driscoll York Leicester Driscoll is the town's esteemed judge. Read More
Luigi Capello Luigi is the dark-haired Capello twin. Read More
Angelo Capello Angelo is the light-haired Capello twin. Read More
Jim Blake Jim Blake is the town constable in Dawson's Landing. He is a close friend of David Wilson and works with him on solving the series of thefts in the town.
John Buckstone John Buckstone, another friend of David Wilson, is a minor politician in the town. He is one of the organizers of a rally in support of the strong rum party.
Patsy Cooper The widow Patsy Cooper rents out a large room in her house. She is thrilled when contacted by the Capello twins, who say they will pay double her usual rent.
Rowena Cooper Rowena is Patsy Cooper's 19-year-old daughter. She is pretty and romantic and possibly the object of Tom Driscoll's infrequent attention.
Percy Driscoll The father of the real Tom Driscoll is named for a family of landed nobles in Northumberland, England: Percy Northumberland Driscoll. He becomes a widower shortly after the birth of his son, but because he is overly absorbed in his financial speculations, he does not notice Roxy has switched her baby boy with his newborn son.
Mrs. York Driscoll Mrs. York Driscoll is the wife of Judge Driscoll. She dies two years after "Tom" Driscoll comes to live with them.
Colonel Cecil Burleigh Essex Colonel Essex turns out to be the father of the real Chambers. His name recalls William Cecil, Baron Burleigh (1520–98), an advisor to England's Queen Elizabeth I (1533–1603).
Pembroke Howard Pembroke Howard is a stalwart friend of Judge Driscoll and is known in Dawson's Landing as "the great lawyer." He faces off against David Wilson in the murder trial of Luigi and Angelo Capello.
Rachel Pratt The widowed Mrs. Pratt lives with her brother, Judge Driscoll, and his nephew, Tom.
Justice Robinson Justice of the Peace Robinson is a close friend of David Wilson.
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