Study Guide

The Wanting Seed Characters

By Anthony Burgess

Beatrice-Joanna Foxe

Twenty-nine years old, attractive, and dead-set on being a mother, Beatrice-Joanna stands out...

Tristram Foxe

As one of two protagonists of The Wanting Seed, Tristram shares a lot of the limelight with his...

Abdul Wahab

Wahab is the live-in companion of Prime Minister Starling—the narrator calls him the Prime...

Dr. Acheson and Miss Herschhorn

Dr. Acheson and his secretary, Miss Herschhorn, are Beatrice-Joanna's contacts at the State...

Father Ambrose Bayley

When Tristram first meets Father Ambrose (if that is his real name), he's sitting in a pub...

Major Berkeley

After Tristram survives the British Army massacre in West Ireland, he waits out his army...

Charlie Linklater

Derek Foxe

Tristram's elder brother and Beatrice-Joanna's secret lover, Derek Foxe is a man to be reckoned...

Lieutenant Dollimore

Lieutenant Dollimore is a platoon commander in the British Army, and the man in charge of...

Dymphna and Llewelyn

Dymphna and Llewelyn are Shonny and Mavis's children. They're pretty good kids, all things...

Emma Foxe

The only woman in the Foxe sibling clan, Emma lives and works in China. She isn't really present...

Geoffrey Wiltshire

Wiltshire is the man who gets the promotion that Tristram was hoping for, and as the new Head of...

George Foxe

The Right Honourable George Ockham, Prime Minister

As the English people begin to resort to cannibalism and pagan fertility rites, the central...

Corporal Haskell

Sergeant Image

Joscelyne

Sergeant Lightbody

Mr. Livedog

Captain Loosley

We like to think that Captain Loosley looks a little like Hercule Poirot—after all, he's...

Mavis

The Right Honourable Robert Starling, Prime Minister

Prime Minister Starling doesn't have very many morals, but he does have a few. If possible, he...

Father Shackel

An old friend of Shonny and Mavis's, and a "seedsman by trade" (3.8.1), Father Shackel is a rural...

Shonny

Shonny is Beatrice-Joanna's brother-in-law, and, unlike his wife Mavis, he's thrilled to hide his...

Sinclair

After he escapes from prison, Tristram meets a "donnish man" at an open-air dining club in the...

Young Oxenford

Another of the Population Police officers who accompany Captain Loosely on his mission to capture...