Study Guide

The House of the Spirits Characters

By Isabel Allende

Alba de Satigny

Alba is one of the most important figures in the novel. In fact, we'd say she's a contender for...

Esteban Trueba

Esteban Trueba is the only character to survive the course of the entire novel, so as you can...

Clara del Valle

If this matriarchal family saga has a mother-of-all-mother-figures, it's Clara del Valle. One...

Blanca, Jaime, and Nicolás Trueba

The Trueba children, Blanca, Jaime, and Nicolás, all have their own supporting roles in this...

Férula and Doña Ester Trueba

Esteban's mother and sister are pretty much wretchedly miserable individuals. They're both...

Old Pedro García, Pedro Segundo García, and Pedro Tercero García

The repetition of the name Pedro amongst three generations of García men says a lot about...

Pancha García and Esteban García

Pancha, the first woman raped by Esteban Trueba at Tres Marías, never lets her grandson...

Tránsito Soto

Aside from acting as a foil to Férula Trueba (see our discussion of this under "Character...

Count Jean de Satigny

There's a lot of mystery surrounding the Count. Is he a cultured aristocrat, as he claims, or a...

Nívea, Severo, Rosa, Nana, Barrabás

The members of the del Valle household are a cheerful lot. Despite the sadness of Rosa's...

Miguel, Ana Díaz, Professor Sebastián Gómez

Miguel, Alba's boyfriend, is a young, committed revolutionary with radical ideas. He advocates...

The Poet and the Candidate/President

As we've mentioned before, the figure of the Poet can be none other than Nobel Laureate Pablo...

The Mora Sisters

Any time you see three women hanging out together in a work of literature, it's a good idea to...

Father Restrepo, Father Antonio, and Father Jose Dulce María

This novel contains three priestly characters, who offer very different portrayals of the...