Study Guide

The Power and the Glory Characters

The Whisky Priest

We suspect that Graham Greene sat down one say and thought to himself, "I think I'll write a...

The Lieutenant

Upon being released from prison and sympathetically handed money by the lieutenant—a...

The Family

The family consists of a mother, a father, their two young daughters and one son named Luis. The...

The Fellows

Captain Fellows runs the Central American Banana Company and lives along the river with his wife...

The Gringo James Calver

The criminal out of the United States is built up as a dangerous man capable of theft and murder....

The Jefe

Overweight, constantly complaining of his toothache, and always finding ways to avoid work, the...

The Lehrs

Mr. and Miss Lehr are good-natured, hospitable Lutherans who care for the priest after he's...

Maria and Brigitta

The priest's former lover and their daughter, Maria and Brigitta remind the priest of his...

The Mestizo or Half-Caste

Poor, sickly, and having only two teeth, the mestizo is as determined an opportunist as they...

Padre José

Of the two priests, Padre José is the true coward. He took vows to serve Christ unto...

The Prisoners

We only get to know a few of the prisoners in the packed jail cell the priest stays in after...

Mr. Tench

Another outsider in this land, the dentist Mr. Tench is forgetful and trapped. He'd leave if he...