The Power and the Glory | Study Guide

Graham Greene

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The Power and the Glory | Characters

Character Description
Priest A Roman Catholic priest now in hiding and on the run because religion is against the law. He is an alcoholic and a bad priest, but a good man. Read More
Lieutenant A police officer who pursues the priest, the lieutenant is a devoted Socialist who hates religion and wants to remake the world. Read More
Mestizo A half-Indian man, a Judas figure, also called the "half-caste," the mestizo ultimately betrays the priest to the authorities to get the reward money. Read More
Brigitta The whisky priest's illegitimate child, Brigitta is a strange girl, mature beyond her years and inclined to malicious behavior.
Chief of Police The Chief of Police is the lieutenant's boss, whom the lieutenant refers to as jefe (Spanish for "boss"). Suffering from toothache throughout the book, he is happy to let the lieutenant take charge of the hunt for the priest.
Captain Fellows Captain Fellows is an American army veteran and head of the Central American Banana Company; cheerful and ineffectual, he is content to let his teenage daughter manage the banana plantation.
Coral Fellows The daughter of Captain and Mrs. Fellows, 13-year-old Coral is the one who really manages the outpost. She hides the priest one night and offers him a place if he ever comes back; he does, but she is gone, probably dead.
Mrs. Fellows Coral's sickly mother, Mrs. Fellows spends most of her time whining about how difficult everything is.
Governor's cousin The governor's cousin uses his status as the governor's relative to protect him while he sells alcohol illegally.
Gringo Also called "the Yankee" or "the American," James Calver is a criminal hiding out in Mexico and wanted for bank robbery and homicide.
Padre José Weak and burdened with guilt and regret, Padre José is a priest who chose to marry his housekeeper to avoid being shot or having to leave. He feels living his present life is a kind of martyrdom, worse than the traditional kind, which involves death rather than lifelong torment.
Miss Lehr A German-American woman who lives with her brother in a safer region of Mexico, Miss Lehr is sympathetic to the priest, who stays with her and her brother for a few days.
Mr. Lehr An elderly German-American man who lives with his sister in a safer region in Mexico, Mr. Lehr does not exactly support the priest but permits him to stay on their property for a few days.
Luis Luis is a 14-year-old boy frustrated by his mother's obsession with a religious book, for he admires the heroes of the Mexican Revolution, not the Christian martyrs. After the priest is killed, Luis becomes more interested in priests and religion.
Maria Brigitta's mother, Maria is a poor woman who had sex with the whisky priest and bluntly admits her willingness to be "the priest's woman" if it helps her. Now that it doesn't, she has no further interest in the priest but does not turn him in to the police.
Pedro Pedro is a poor villager across the border who kisses the priest's hand and promises to attend Mass the next day.
Schoolmaster A scholarly, bitter, and law-abiding man, the schoolmaster ignores the priest; when the priest offers the schoolmaster the money he has earned from baptisms, the schoolmaster is grudgingly grateful.
Mr. Tench Mr. Tench is an alienated British dentist living in Mexico estranged from his family. He is friendly to the priest at the start of the book and is saddened to witness his death.
Indian woman The Indian woman meets the priest as she carries a child who has been shot.
Pious woman In the communal jail cell, the pious woman argues with the priest, encouraging him to avoid his sinful ways; when he says he cannot, she criticizes him.
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