A commander in the Fat Prince’s army who attempts to steal Michael away after recognizing the child due to his being swaddled in fine linens. Backed into a corner, so to speak, Grusha smacks the Corporal over the head with a piece of firewood, knocking him unconscious. Grusha thus becomes an official enemy of the regime, and flees deep into the mountains, knowing she can never return to Nuka. When she eventually must return, however, to stand trial against Natella, she sees the Corporal once more. He has a giant scar across his face, and seems for a moment to recognize Grusha as the woman who attacked him.
Corporal Character Timeline in The Caucasian Chalk Circle
The timeline below shows where the character Corporal appears in The Caucasian Chalk Circle. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Act 2: The Flight into the Northern Mountains
...and her “pursuers never tire.” Two Ironshirts trudge down the highway into the mountains. Their Corporal berates and insults them, and forces them to sing a soldier’s song about leaving loved... (full context)
Act 5: The Chalk Circle