Study Guide

Giovanni's Room Characters

David

David is, among other things, an unreliable narrator. Sometimes, when we think of unreliable...

Giovanni

When thinking about Giovanni, it's important to remember that the story is narrated by David. So...

Hella

Hella is, in Giovanni's scathing terms, "the short-haired moon-faced little girl" who thinks that...

Jacques

Jacques is a wealthy older American businessman, born in Belgium, who enjoys entertaining younger...

Guillaume

Guillaume is the owner of a gay bar in Paris and a friend of Jacques. He saw Giovanni in a...

David's Father

After David's mother died, he was left with his father and his aunt. David's father would often...

Joey

Joey was a friend of David's when he lived in Brooklyn. One summer the two of them went to Coney...

The Caretaker

The caretaker of David's house in the south of France is an old Italian woman who lost two of her...

Sue

After David receives a letter from Hella announcing that she will return to Paris, he walks down...

Aunt Ellen

Ellen is David's paternal aunt in Brooklyn. She moves in to help take care of him after his...

The Flaming Princess

David encounters the flaming princess in Guillaume's gay bar. He describes him in impersonal...

Madame Clothilde

Madame Clothilde works the café in Les Halles where Giovanni takes David, Jacques, and...

Sailor from Nice

After Giovanni has been sentenced to death, David and Hella go the south of France. They get in a...

Yves

When Giovanni escorts Guillaume, Jacques, and David to a café in Les Halles, Jacques sets...

David's Mother

David's mother died when he was five years old, leaving David with his father and his father's...