Study Guide

The Art of Fielding Characters

By Chad Harbach

Henry Skrimshander

Henry Skrimshander doesn't whittle things for sailors, but maybe he would if he were born in a...

Mike Schwartz

Mike Schwartz is the catcher for the Harpooners. He's good at coaching and catching, but not much...

Pella Affenlight

Pella was an ancient Greek city destroyed by an earthquake. When we meet Pella Affenlight, she...

Guert Affenlight

Guert Affenlight, Pella's father, is the Westish College president who engages in a relationship...

Owen Dunne

Don't get it twisted, Shmoopers, Owen Dunne is not one of those tortured gay athletes hiding in...

The Harpooners

None of the other Harpooners have much of a personality, if they even get any lines or mentions...

Others

There are a few other recurring characters, like Chef Spirodocus, who gives both Henry and Pella...

Family

Henry's family is briefly met in two chapters. His dad "talk[s] just like Mike Schwartz" (2.53)...