Study Guide

For Esmé with Love and Squalor Characters

By J.D. Salinger

The Narrator (Sergeant X)

Throughout the story, the narrator is a fundamentally good guy, even if he's got his share of...

Esmé

This girl is seriously a trip. She's a polished, polite, dignified, blue-blooded aristocratic...

Charles

At five years old, Charles is understandably far less polished and together than his older sister...

Clay (Corporal Z)

Clay, the closest thing Sergeant X has to a war buddy, is basically everything our narrator is...

Miss Megley

Miss Megley is not the most effective governess – she's no Mary Poppins. She doesn't have...