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The Moonstone

The Moonstone

by Wilkie Collins

The Moonstone Characters

Meet the Cast


Gabriel Betteredge

Gabriel Betteredge is one of the most memorable narrators you'll ever come across: he's a stubborn old man, but he's also generous, smart, and funny. He always makes sexist remarks about how "all w...

Franklin Blake

Franklin is the person responsible for putting together all of the narratives that make up the novel. In a sense, he's like the fictional editor of The Moonstone. He's also the closest this novel c...

Godfrey Ablewhite

Mr. Godfrey Ablewhite "loved everybody. And everybody loved him" (1.1.8.26). This is Gabriel Betteredge's initial description of Godfrey Ablewhite. We know that Betteredge has known Franklin Blake...

Miss Clack

No characters in this novel are perfect. Even the people we're meant to admire, like Rachel and Franklin Blake, have plenty of faults.But then there's Miss Clack.She's practically a caricature. She...

Rachel Verinder

Rachel is one of the central characters of the novel. You might even think of her as the romantic heroine, since she's the pretty girl that everyone wants to marry. Yet we never hear the story from...

Mr. Bruff

Mr. Bruff is the family lawyer for the Verinders. He's known them forever – since before Rachel was even born. He was friends with Rachel's father, the late Sir John Verinder, and has stayed...

Rosanna Spearman

Poor Rosanna. She's not a major character, but she plays an important role in moving the story forward. Like Rachel, if Rosanna had been more forthright, the mystery would not have been as long and...

Sergeant Cuff

Considering that many critics, including the famous poet T.S. Eliot, have called The Moonstone the "first English detective novel," it seems strange that Sergeant Cuff, the detective, should play s...

Ezra Jennings

Ezra Jennings is one of the weirder characters in The Moonstone, which is saying a lot. He's important to the plot because he is the one who figures out that Franklin Blake must have been drugged w...
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