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The Island of Dr.moreau: Character Profiles

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The Humans
John Davies 
John Davies is the red-haired, bad-tempered, often-drunk captain of the Ipecacuanha who wants Montgomery and the animals off his ship as soon as possible.
 
Helmar 
Helmar is a passenger on the Lady Vain who, with the narrator and an unnamed seaman, escapes on a dingey but perish at sea.
 
Montgomery 
Montgomery is Moreau’s assistant, a failed medical student with a drinking problem. He is depicted as effiminate, weak, and indecisive. He speaks with “a slobbering articulation” and “a ghost of a lisp.”
 
Dr. Moreau 
Dr. Moreau is the aging yet hale physiologist who has retreated to the island and set up a lab where he can pursue vivisections without public scrutiny.
 
Charles Edward Prendick 
Charles Edward Prendick is the nephew of the first-person narrator of the novella. His introduction frames the narrative and provides an occasional footnote to events.
 
Edward Prendick 
Edward Prendick is the first-person narrator of the novella. He is a “private gentlemen,” in other words, an independently wealthy man.
 
The Beast Folk
 
The Ape-man 
The ape-man is the simian creature who first leads Prendick to the ravine where the beast-folk live.
 
The Hyena-swine 
The Hyena-swine is Prendick’s mortal enemy among the beast-folk after the deaths of Moreau and Montgomery.
 
The Leopard-man 
The leopard-man hunts Prendick on his first day on the island and is hunted by him on a later day; his demise is the catalyst that turns Prendick utterly against Moreau and Montgomery.
 
M’ling 
M’ling is the “dark man,” the first of Moreau’s creations that Prendick meets, and Montgomery’s assistant. A chimera of a bear, a dog, and an ox, M’ling lives in a kennel in the enclosure and is described as “a complex trophy of Moreau’s horrible skill.”
 
The Saint-Bernard-man 
The Saint-Bernard-man is Prendick’s companion and protector after the deaths of Moreau and Montgomery.
 
The Satyr 
The satyr is a chimera of an ape and a goat, a “gleam of classical memory on the part of Moreau.”
 
The Sayer of the Law 
The Sayer of the Law is a grey-furred, frightening creature who teaches Prendick the law and rehearses it and the punishments with the beast-folk. He is “a heavy, faceless thing, with strange red eyes.”
 



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