The Iceman Cometh | Study Guide

Eugene O'Neill

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The Iceman Cometh | Characters

Character Description
Hickey Theodore Hickman, known as Hickey, is a hardware salesman and regular visitor to Harry's for his twice-yearly drunken binges. Read More
Larry Slade Larry is an aging anarchist who left the movement and its leader—his sweetheart, Rosa Parritt—11 years ago. Larry's cynical truths dominate throughout. Read More
Harry Hope Harry Hope is the owner of the saloon. He hasn't left the building since the death of his wife, Bessie, 20 years ago. Read More
Don Parritt Don Parritt is a despondent young man who has left his anarchist past on the West Coast. He has come east seeking Larry Slade, whom he remembers affectionately from his childhood. Read More
Cora Cora is a streetwalker who wants to marry Chuck Morello. She allows herself the fantasy of marrying and moving to a farm in New Jersey with Chuck even as she knows that it is unlikely to happen.
Hugo Kalmar Hugo Kalmar, an old-style European anarchist, was once an editor of anarchist materials and knew Larry Slade when both men were in the movement. His last name is a contraction of "Karl Marx."
Cecil Lewis Called "The Captain," Cecil Lewis led a British infantry unit during the Boer War and dreams of returning to his former glory. However, he has embezzled funds and can never return to military life.
Lieb Lieb, who hasn't much to say, is the younger of the two police detectives who come to arrest Hickey.
Margie Margie is a streetwalker who brags about rolling a drunken sailor for his money.
Pat McGloin Pat is a roomer at Harry's, an ex-cop with aspirations to return to the force even though he knows that cannot happen.
Moran Moran is the older of the two police detectives who come to arrest Hickey. He warns the group about trying to protect Hickey with an insanity plea.
Chuck Morello Chuck Morello is the day bartender at Harry's saloon. Chuck shares Cora's fantasy of escape to marriage and a farm in New Jersey.
Ed Mosher Ed Mosher rooms at Harry's. He is Harry's brother-in-law and demeans himself while telling the "truth" about his dead sister, Bessie.
Joe Mott The only black man in the group, Joe Mott once ran a gambling hall for people of color.
Willy Oban Willie Oban, who is in his 30s, graduated from Harvard Law School. He is a fully integrated, alcoholic member of the group at the saloon.
Pearl Pearl is a streetwalker who works with Margie. Both work for Rocky.
Rocky Pioggi Rocky Pioggi is the night bartender at Harry Hope's saloon. He also proudly pimps for two women who are regulars at the bar.
Jimmy Tomorrow Jimmy Tomorrow's real name is James Cameron. He is a former reporter who believes he can sober up and get back his last newspaper assignment—reporting on a war that has long since ended.
Piet Wetjoen Known as "The General," Piet Wetjoen led a Boer commando unit. He has befriended Lewis, who was his enemy during the Boer War.
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