Cite This Page
To Go
The Purloined Letter
The Purloined Letter
by Edgar Allan Poe
group rates for schools and districts


Character Analysis

S— is one of the biggest mysteries of the story. This whole mess begins when he sends the royal lady a letter. We deduce that this person has a name that begins with an "S" because the purloined letter is sealed with, you guessed it, S—. (Hey, if anyone's throwing around any 50,000 franc checks….) We also know that S— comes from a "ducal family," thanks to the seal that G— describes.

So: we know he's a powerful guy. Other than that, we're as lost as you are.

Next Page: Analysis
Previous Page: The Other Royal Person

Need help with College?