Sredni Vashtar



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Sredni Vashtar Characters


Conradin is a ten-year-old boy living in early 20th-century England, who is supposedly in poor health and unlikely to live more than five more years (although his doctor may not be reliable). Lonely, but with… read analysis of Conradin

Mrs. De Ropp

Mrs. De Ropp is Conradin’s cousin and the epitome of early twentieth-century British respectability. She is the guardian for the sickly boy, and while she is ostensibly watching out for his health, her concern… read analysis of Mrs. De Ropp

Sredni Vashtar

Sredni Vashtar is a polecat-ferret that a local butcher boy smuggled into Mrs. De Ropp’s shed in exchange for some silver from Conradin. While Sredni Vashtar is a real ferret, in Conradin’s imagination… read analysis of Sredni Vashtar


As a relatively wealthy woman in early twentieth-century England, Mrs. De Ropp has several servants, including a maid, who informs Conradin that tea is ready just before she goes out to the shed and… read analysis of Maid


The doctor is a minor character who pronounces that Conradin won’t live another five years, but because he is presented as “silky and effete,” his opinion should be taken with a grain of salt. Like… read analysis of Doctor
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