Bonaparte is the thoughtful, sensitive first-person narrator, telling the story in past tense from some unspecified point in the future. He’s a young soldier in the Irish Republican Army who, along with Noble and Jeremiah… (read full character analysis)
Noble is a young soldier of comparable rank to Bonaparte who also takes a liking to the British prisoners. His brother is a priest, so he’s a religious believer. This puts him at odds with… (read full character analysis)
Belcher is a British prisoner of war. He’s a tall, quiet, and kind man whose wife and children left him years ago. As a result, he’s eager to make a home even out of his… (read full character analysis)
‘Awkins is a British prisoner of war, who, unlike Belcher, is outspoken and quick-tempered. He is constantly sparring with the old woman and Noble over religion or global capitalism. He doesn’t put much faith… (read full character analysis)
Feeney is a minor figure whose presence is noted but who doesn’t speak in the story. He’s an Irish intelligence agent who, it is implied, orders and oversees the execution of the British prisoners.