On the Face of It


Susan Hill

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On the Face of It Characters

Mr. Lamb

One of the play’s two central characters, Mr. Lamb is an old man and veteran of World War II. In the war, he lost one of his legs to a bomb, and now he has… read analysis of Mr. Lamb


The other protagonist of On the Face of It, Derry (whose full name is Derek) is a boy of fourteen with a badly burned face. Of the accident that left him scarred, all he… read analysis of Derry

Derry’s Mother

Derry’s mother is given little characterization in the play, but she seems simultaneously overprotective and not understanding of her son. She contributes to his isolation by keeping him home because of his facial injury… read analysis of Derry’s Mother