(chapter and page references are from the 1988 Penguin Classics edition
and refer to either Copper's first or his most complete physical description of the character)
Nathaniel "Natty" Bumppo, aka. the Leather-stocking, aka. Hawk-eye
Our hero, an old hunter and patriot. He is a friend to the Indians and distrustful of civilization. (chapter 1, page 22)
Judge Marmaduke Temple
A widower and the founder of Templeton. (chapter 1, page 18)
A slave of the Judge.
Elizabeth "Bess" Temple
Daughter of the Judge and romantic interest of Oliver. (chapter 5, page 66)
Richard "Dick" Jones
The cousin of the Judge. (chapter 4, page 47)
Squire Hiram Doolittle
An architect, justice of the peace, and buddy of Dick Jones.
Monsieur Le Quoi
A former French nobleman and now shopkeeper in Templeton. (chapter 4, page 47)
Major Frederick "Fritz" Hartmann
A German settler in the area and regular visitor to the Judge's house. (chapter 4, page 48)
The Reverend Mr. Grant
An Anglican minister. (chapter 4, page 48)
Ben Pump, aka. Benjamin Penguillan
A servant to the Judge, and a former sea man who doesn't know how to swim. (chapter 5, page 60)
Housekeeper to the Judge. (chapter 5, page 62)
The Temples' faithful dog.
Dr. Elnathan Todd
The town doctor. (chapter 6, page 71)
Indian John, aka. John Mohegan, aka. Chingachgook
The last of the Mohicans and Natty's faithful companion. (chapter 7, page 85)
Oliver Edwards, aka. Oliver Effingham, aka. Young Eagle
The young hunter and friend to Natty and Indian John. (chapter 3, page 38)
Captain and Mrs. Hollinger
Owners of the inn, "The Bold Dragoon".
Squire Chester Lippet
The obnoxious lawyer who talks too much when visiting the Bold Dragoon.
The daughter of Mr. Grant, companion to Elizabeth, and the other possible love interest for Oliver.
A lumber-jack and crack-shot with a rifle. (chapter 17, page 190)
Squire Van der School
The "honest" lawyer of Judge Marmaduke. (chapter 25, page 277)
A lazy fellow who is made a magistrate by Sheriff Jones.
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