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Alberta â•… Maid with mixed blood who is the object of Gamaliel Bland Honeywell’s early desires in Ellen Glasgow’s The Romantic Comedians. Albertaâ•… Young woman and the mistress of the married protagonist Troy Maxsom; dies in giving birth to Raynell, a baby raised by Troy’s wife, Rose, in August Wilson’s play Fences. Alberto â•… One of the young cadets at Leoncio Prado, a paramilitary academy in Lima, in the 1950s; meets Teresa, the girl that Slave loves, and starts to date her; unsuccessful in his attempt to buy the questions to an exam stolen by other cadets in a secret organization called the “Circle”; believes that his friend Slave has been murdered by Jaguar, another cadet, in retaliation for Slave’s part in turning in Cava for cheating in Mario Vargas Llosa’s The Time of the Hero.
Alving, Helenâ•… Mother of Oswald, who returns from Paris with a deadly inherited disease; finances the construction of the orphanage, a memorial to her licentious husband; hopes the memorial will silence rumors of her husband’s profligate life; finds that she and her son are haunted by ghosts, an inheritance of the past; painfully watches her son die in Henrik Ibsen’s play Ghosts. Alving, Oswald â•… Prodigal son of Mrs. Helen Alving; returns home to Norway from Paris after a long absence; shows signs of fatigue and illness; falls in love with Regina, a maid in his mother’s home who is later revealed to be his half-sister by his licentious father and a maid in the Alving household; reveals that he is mortally suffering from an inherited disease, as the sins of the father are visited on the child; takes his own life in the presence of his mother by an overdose of morphine in Henrik Ibsen’s play Ghosts.
Al-Ithâ•… Queen of Zone Three who is told by the Providers that she must marry the savage King of Zone Four, whom she learns to love and respect, and with whom she has several children in Doris Lessing’s The Marriages Between Zones Three, Four, and Five. Alitheaâ•… Ellinor’s favorite attendant, who helps her mistress escape from Lord Arlington (2) in Sophia Lee’s The Recess. â•… Pinchwife’s sister and Sparkish’s fiancée; self-assured and honorable; loves Harcourt but refuses to jilt Sparkish because of her sense of duty; informs Sparkish of Harcourt’s intentions but is ignored; is delivered to Horner by her abusive brother, but is ultimately freed to marry Harcourt in William Wycherley’s play The Country Wife.
Dictionary of Literary Characters by Michael D. Sollars