Study Guide

Arcadia Characters

By Tom Stoppard

Hannah Jarvis

While Bernard dominates the first scene in which we meet Hannah, she definitely shows that she's...

Thomasina Coverly

Thomasina speaks the very first line of the play, a line that tells us from the start that...

Bernard Nightingale

When we first meet Bernard, he's on an undercover mission: to get the information he needs out of...

Septimus Hodge

From the very beginning of the play, we know that Septimus isn't your ordinary tutor.THOMASINA:...

Valentine Coverly

Valentine is the voice of modern science in the play. As a mathematician, he explains to Hannah...

Lady Croom

Lady Croom may disapprove of "women [...] got up like jockeys" (2.6), but she definitely wears...

Ezra Chater

At the end of the play, an exchange between Bernard and Hannah sums up Ezra Chater's character...

George Gordon, Lord Byron

Oh, Byron. "Mad, bad, and dangerous to know," as Caroline Lamb (yes, Hannah's Caroline Lamb)...

Chloë Coverly

Chloë seems the opposite of Hannah – while Hannah values freedom over sex and is...

Captain Brice

Like Ezra Chater, Captain Brice seems to be present in the play mainly for the more...

Charity Chater

Mrs. Chater is one of the play's invisible characters, never appearing on stage, but she haunts...

Gus Coverly

Gus is the youngest of the present-day Coverlys, and the most mysterious. His silence sets him...

Richard Noakes

As the gardener in charge of transforming Sidley Park from something mappable on an Etch-a-Sketch...

Jellaby

Jellaby is butler to the nineteenth-century Croom household, and most of what he does is deliver...

Augustus Coverly

Augustus is Thomasina's younger brother. He thinks he's all that because he's a student at Eton,...

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