The Dumb Waiter

by

Harold Pinter

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The Dumb Waiter Characters

Ben

Ben is a hitman and one of the play’s two central characters. He’s quiet, professional, and single-mindedly focused on carrying out his and Gus’s assigned hit according to instructions from their boss, Wilsonread analysis of Ben

Gus

Gus is a hitman and one of the play’s two central characters. He’s more vocal and curious than Ben, his superior. Whereas Ben never challenges authority, Gus has lots of questions about the specifics… read analysis of Gus

Wilson

Wilson is Ben and Gus’s boss in the unnamed organized crime circuit that employs them. They refer to him in conversation, but he never appears onstage. Gus talks about wanting to talk to Wilson… read analysis of Wilson