Disa, Duchess of Payne
Disa is Charles Xavier's
wife.ï¿½ The King married her because he was under pressure to create an heir.ï¿½
He could not, however, consummate the marriage because he is not attracted to
women.ï¿½ Disa suffered emotionally because of her husband's rejection.
Gradus is also known as Jack
Grey. He killed John Shade.ï¿½ Kinbote believes Gradus was a revolutionary trying
to assassinate him.ï¿½ The police believe that Jack Grey is a crazy man who
mistook Shade for Judge Goldsworth, who put Grey into prison and who is renting
his home to Kinbote.
Charles Kinbote writes the
Foreword, the Commentary, and the Index.ï¿½ He claims to be King Charles Xavier,
the Beloved, of Zembla in hiding.ï¿½ He may also be Charles Botkin, an American
of Russian descent.ï¿½
He describes wonderful
homosexual encounters as the king of Zembla, but he meets with rejection and
scorn when he pursues romance as Charles Kinbote.ï¿½ Potential lovers are not the
only ones to spurn him.ï¿½ Members of the faculty and his neighbors, the Shades,
really want very little to do with him because he is socially very awkward.
After John Shade's death, he
attains the write to edit the poet's final poem.ï¿½ Much of the commentary is
really about Kinbote's adventures, and he is bitter that the poem is not also
about his life.ï¿½ Because he espouses an unconventional view of Shade's death
and final poem, he is further persecuted by members of the college and he flees
to another hiding place.
Odon is one of the
revolutionaries who overthrew Charles Xavier.ï¿½ However, Odon really is a
royalist, and he helped the King escape.ï¿½ Now, he is making films in France, and his mother helped the king find a place to hide in the United States.
Hazel Shade is the daughter
of John and Sybil Shade.ï¿½ Socially unsuccessful, Hazel killed herself after
being rejected by a date.ï¿½ The poem "Pale Fire" is about her death.
John Shade wrote the poem
"Pale Fire" before he was killed.ï¿½ Shade is a well-known American poet.ï¿½ He
also teaches at Wordsmith College.ï¿½ He dislikes heavy symbolism, preferring
narrative poetry.ï¿½ Shade is kind to Kinbote but does not want to be close
friends with him.
Sybil Shade is John Shade's wife.ï¿½
Sybil dislikes Kinbote and prefers not to have him around.