Study Guide

The Power of One Characters

By Bryce Courtenay

Peekay

He may be little, but he's mighty—well, after some hardcore boxing training, anyway. Peekay...

Jaapie "The Judge" Botha

As children, the Judge and his group of lackeys are Peekay's worst nightmare. Jaapie Botha comes...

Professor Karl "Doc" von Vollensteen

Doc is Peekay's best friend and teacher, an orderly, scientific, and very dependable guy. He...

Geel Piet

Geel Piet, or "Yellow Peter" in Afrikaans, is a long-time prisoner in the Barberton prison. He's...

Maria "Nanny" Mandoma

Peekay's Zulu Nanny is the true maternal figure in his life. She has taken care of him since he...

Mother

Not to be rude, but Peekay's mom is a real piece of work. Her weakness is in many ways the source...

Granpa

Peekay's grandpa, his mother's father, is a sweet, quiet old man. He spends his days caring for...

Hoppie Groenewald

The champion of the railroads, Hoppie is the boxer that inspires Peekay to become one himself....

Fiona Boxall

The town librarian, Mrs. Boxall is one of the only people in Barberton who seems to have her head...

Morris "Morrie" Solomon Levy

Morrie is Peekay's best friend at the Prince of Wales School. He's also Jewish, and therefore an...

Lieutenant Borman

This guy is evil incarnate, a walking nightmare. He is a new prison guard, transferred from...

Miss Bornstein

Miss Bornstein is the schoolteacher in Barberton and Peekay's first crush. Just take a look at...

Inkosi-Inkosikazi

The powerful Zulu witch doctor, Inkosi-Inkosikazi cures Peekay of his bedwetting problem by...

Prison Warders

Captain (nee Lieutenant) Smit is the boxing coach at the Barberton prison and a pretty good guy...

Dee and Dum

Dee and Dum, named for the Tweedle twins from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, are the kitchen...

Gideon Mandoma

When Peekay is set up for a fight against a black pro in a black township, it turns out to be...

St. John "Singe 'n' Burn" Burnham

St. John, pronounced "Sinjun," is the headmaster of the Prince of Wales School. He dedicates his...

Rasputin

This mysterious Georgian (the country, not the state) speaks very little English, and therefore...

Solly Goldman

Solly is the best boxing trainer in South Africa. He agrees to take on Peekay when he's in school...

Mevrou

At Peekay's first school, the first example of adult cruelty he ever meets comes in the form of...

Citizens of Barberton

Barberton is a small town, and all of its residents seem to fall for Peekay. He gets send-off...

Big Hettie

A gigantic woman who cries and speaks English instead of Afrikaans when she's drunk, Big Hettie...

Mr. Nguni and the People

Mr. Nguni is a tall African man who attends all of Peekay's fights once he gets to the Prince of...

The Boer Boxers

In the Barberton prison where Peekay learns to box, lots of others kids—mostly the children...

Jackhammer Smit

Jackhammer Smit is the giant boxer who goes down in the fight with Hoppie Groeneweld that...

Train Employees

Pik Botha, the conductor on the train from boarding school, is a taste of what's going to come...

Prince of Wales Schoolboys

Aside from Morrie, the kids at the Prince of Wales Schools are pretty much interchangeable....

Boxing Opponents

Peekay's opponents are almost always bigger than him and almost always Boers. The cultural...

The Jury

Also known as the storm troopers (no relation to Star Wars), this group of bigger boys are the...

Dr. Henny Boshoff

Dr. Henny is a family friend who also happens to be a rugby star. He takes care of Peekay when...

Harry Crown

Harry Crown is the Jewish shopkeeper who sells Peekay a pair of shoes that are way too big for...

The Boarding School Teachers

At Peekay's first boarding school, the teachers' favorite educational method seems to be the...

The Patels

Hoppie takes Peekay to a shop owned by an Indian family. It's the first time that Peekay's ever...

Prince of Wales Schoolteachers

The teachers at the Prince of Wales School are mostly English gentlemen planning to train the...

Mining Guys

The people in the mining town are a rough-and-tumble group, many of whom are mercenaries left...