Arthur Wilson

THE CORPORAL

1633

a synoptic, alphabetical character list

Notes: This play is a fragment of two sheets written front and back to make up four pages. It is found in a random collection of items owned by Thomas Carlyle and donated to the Victoria and Albert museum by Forster, the friend and biographer of Charles Dickens. It is written in an elegant hand with creditable style, and the banter between the two characters listed as Theo: and Feli: appears to be the point of interest for the collector as it is the more complete element of these pages.

CLO:

This fragment begins at the end of a first scene wherein both a Clo: and Rod: address some ‘choice gentlemen’ saying that ‘we’ are your humble servants. When asked if he likes the plan Erf: is hatching as go-between for Theo:, Clo: comments that it is an old trick that he has seen before.

ERF:

In this fragment, it appears that one Erf: has acted as go-between for Theo: and Feli:

EURICK

In the only surviving scene (Secunda), Eurick delivers a soliloquy beginning ‘What is it makes a man walk upright? Why life?’ It is a vapor rising out of the blood that troubles the world, he says.

FELI:

In the most sustained exchange in the two-page fragment, Feli:, the female, appears to have a Beatrice-type banter with a man known only as Theo:, but whether the two are courting or merely exchanged battle-of-the-sexes observations is not clear.

JOGALON

In this fragment, one Jogalon enters to Eurick and appears to approve his melancholic misanthropy.

ROD:

This fragment begins at the end of a first scene wherein both a Clo: and Rod: address some ‘choice gentlemen’ saying that ‘we’ are your humble servants. In the next scene he observes a conversation between Erf: acting as go-between for Theo: and asks Clo: if he likes what he sees.

THEO:

In the most sustained exchange in the two-page fragment, Theo:, the male, appears to have a Benedick-type banter with a woman known only as Feli:, but whether the two are courting or merely exchanged battle-of-the-sexes observations is not clear.