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The Two Noble Kinsmen Characters

Artesius

Artesius [mute role] is an Athenian soldier, particularly good at getting the enemy to come to where Theseus wants them to be. 

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Valerius

Valerius is a noble Theban who comes to bring Palamon and Arcite to Creon when the latter learns of Theseus’s attack. 

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Herald

A Herald is doing his job wandering the field of battle once it is over to identify the dead when he finds the gravely-wounded Arcite and Palamon there. He informs Theseus of their identity.

Jailer

A Jailer (also called Keeper) is in charge of Theseus’s prison for high-ranking captives. 

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Doctor

A Doctor is consulted by the Jailer and his friends in the hopes of curing the Jailer’s Daughter’s madness. 

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Bavian

Bavian is one of the morris dancers, disguised as a creature with a long tail and a long tool. 

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Gentleman

A Gentleman of Athens comes to tell Emilia that Arcite and Palamon have arrived for their duel.

Nell

Nell is a freckled country wench and one of the morris dancers. She does not think that she and her fellow wenches need Gerrold’s instructions.

Hymen

Hymen is the god of marriage, and leads Theseus and Hippolyta’s wedding procession.

Emilia

Emilia is Hippolyta’s sister. Like her an Amazon, she has fought in battles with her sister. 

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Servant

A Servant attends Emilia as she sits out the tournament between Palamon and Arcite, and from time to time reports to her how the fight is going.

Second Messenger

The Second Messenger rushes in to tell the Jailer that he is late for the battle between Palamon and Arcite.

Jailer’s First Friend

Jailer’s First Friend witnessed Theseus finding Palamon, and comes to tell the Jailer of it. He is disturbed by the Jailer’s Daughter’s madness, and pities her for it.

Jailer’s Second Friend

Jailer’s Second Friend hears Palamon clear the Jailer of any responsibility in his escape, and also how Palamon obtained a pardon for the Jailer’s Daughter along with her father. 

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Boy

A Boy leads the wedding procession, singing an epithalamium while strewing flowers.

Third Knight

The Third Knight attending Palamon seems quite unfazed at having lost the battle and having to have his head chopped off, and merely wants to know who will go first.

Friz

Friz [mute role] is one of the country wenches dancing in the morris.

Maudline

Maudline [mute role] is one of the country wenches dancing in the morris.

Luce

Luce [mute role] is one of the country wenches dancing in the morris. She is short, with noticeably white legs.

Barbary

Barbary [mute role] is a curvy country wench dancing in the morris.

Executioner

An Executioner [mute role] brings Palamon and his three companions to the block, and is about to chop off their heads when they are reprived.

First Knight Attending Arcite

First Knight Attending Arcite [mute role] is a dark-skinned man with long black hair and broad shoulders, armed with a sword. He attends and aids at Arcite’s prayer to Mars as well as at the battle.

 

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