The novel's narrator and protagonist. At the beginning of the novel, Gene is a man in his 30s looking back on his days as a student at private preparatory academy called the Devon School… (read full character analysis)
Gene’s best friend and classmate at the Devon School. Finny is a talented athlete and a charismatic student leader who’s earned the respect and admiration of the entire student body. His freewheeling behavior… (read full character analysis)
Brinker Hadley comes from a wealthy family and is obsessed with truth, order, and justice. Like Finny, Brinker is well-known on campus and widely considered a leader. But while Finny stands for the freewheeling… (read full character analysis)
A member of Gene and Finny’s circle of friends at Devon, Leper is an eccentric student who enjoys communing with nature. As the other boys play sports and leap from trees, Leper photographs… (read full character analysis)
Mr. Prud’homme is a substitute house master at Devon and is in charge of Gene and Finny’s building during the summer term. Because Mr. Prud’homme isn’t as strict or severe as the other masters… (read full character analysis)
Mr. Ludsbury is the house master of Finny and Gene’s dorm during the regular academic calendar. A stern disciplinarian, Mr. Ludsbury works long and hard to maintain order and despises the lax environment that… (read full character analysis)
An excellent student, tennis player, and trumpeter, Chet Douglass vies with Gene to be the valedictorian of Devon. He is also part of Gene and Finny’s entourage during the summer of Finny’s fall.
Brinker Hadley’s shy and reclusive roommate, who acts as his obedient sidekick.
A member of Gene and Finny’s circle of friends during the summer of Finny’s fall.
Mr. Patch-Withers is the substitute headmaster of Devon during the summer term. Like Mr. Prud’homme, Patch-Withers is less strict than the regular masters and falls prey to Finny’s charm.
Phil Latham is the wrestling coach at Devon. Because he knows First Aid, he cares for Finny immediately after his second accident.
Mr. Hadley is Brinker’s father. His patriotic views annoy both Gene and Brinker, since he admonishes them for not joining more dangerous branches of the military.