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Characters

Lotty Wilkins

LOTTY WILKINS

(early 30s) - in the beginning is a mousey, dowdy, though, becoming woman who is a "seer of all things." She is candid, sincere and guileless, so much so that it both intrigues, charms and annoys. It's her yearning for a respite from her dreary and loveless life that propels her toward the enchanted April where she blossoms into the confident, strong, desirable woman hidden beneath.

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ROSE ARBUTHNOT

(mid-30s) - is a rigid, reserved and sad sort of woman constrained by restrictions and duties. She and her husband, whom she is unable to approach, have grown apart since the death of their only child. She longs for a bit of beauty in her life––a rest from her self-imposed obligations. 

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MRS. FISHER

(60s) - is a forthright and solid woman ensconced in a world of dark dusty old things and who is on the verge of being a "dusty old thing" herself. She does not "suffer fools gladly" and is intolerant of impertinence, idiocy and youth, and pines for a place she can sit and forget.

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LADY CAROLINE DESTER

(late 20s) - a ravishing, yet melancholy beauty who has sustained her despondency with liquor and men, and only the liquor does she embrace. She is tired of her station, her life, her parents, her...everything and aches for a place she can ponder the existential questions facing her.

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MELLERSH WILKINS

(mid to late 30s) - is a handsome, distinguished and overbearing solicitor. Used to commanding his wife in all things, he has long since discounted her as a lost cause and has found an acceptable state of tolerance. Meticulous in his appearance and ambitious in nature, success and partnership is what he wants.

Frederick Arbuthnot (Ferdinand Arundel)

FREDERICK ARBUTHNOT

(early 40s) - is an amiable man hovering on the precipice of middle-age. With a slight paunch and kind face, he is confused by his current relationship with Rose and a bit baffled by her and her "causes." A successful author of lurid novels (under the pen name of Ferdinand Arundel), Frederick misses his wife...the wife he remembers from their youth and wonders if she will ever return to him.

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THOMAS BRIGGS

(early 30s) - is a respectable-looking, bespectacled, solitary man. Wealthy, but unassuming, is smitten with Rose upon their first meeting. Assuming she is a war-widow, he wishes for the family and home he's never had, and sees that possibility in Rose.

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FRANCESCA

(50s) - is San Salvatore's housekeeper and cook. Long-suffering with visitors to Italy, she does her best to feed and understand these odd English people.