Study Guide

Age of Iron Characters

By J.M. Coetzee

Mrs. Curren

Say hello to Mrs. Curren, our narrator and protagonist. Mrs. Curren is an elderly white woman...

Vercueil

We're not trying to exaggerate here, but we have to say that Vercueil might just be one of the...

Florence

Florence is Mrs. Curren's housekeeper. She's also the mother of Bheki, Hope, and Beauty. We don't...

Bheki

Bheki, Florence's eldest son, is a complex and interesting young fellow. So much of what makes...

Mrs. Curren's Daughter

Mrs. Curren's daughter (a.k.a. "you" – bet you weren't expecting to be a character in this...

Bheki's Friend (John, Johannes)

Bheki's friend, a.k.a. John, starts off as someone who really rubs Mrs. Curren the wrong way. He...

Hope

Hope is Florence's eldest daughter and Bheki's little sister. Mrs. Curren is used to seeing Hope...

Beauty

Beauty is Florence's baby daughter. For whatever reason, she's taken quite a liking to Vercueil...

Mr. Thabane

Mr. Thabane is Florence's cousin. He accompanies Florence and Mrs. Curren when they go out to...

Dr. Syfret

We never actually meet Dr. Syfret, but he plays a key role in the novel: he's Mrs. Curren's...

The Two Policemen in the Van

These aren't really the kind of policemen you'd want to ask for help. These two camp out outside...

The Officers Wearing Blue

Like the policemen in the van, these officers are anything but fine, upstanding citizens. They...

The Female Police Officer

When the officers come to Mrs. Curren's house looking for John, the female officer gets the task...

The Plumber

He's the guy who opens his car door into Bheki and John's bicycle. We can't really say that he...

Vercueil's Lady Friend

When Vercueil comes back to Mrs. Curren's house after Bheki kicks the daylights out of him, he...

William

William is Florence's husband. We don't actually meet him in person, though – he just shows...