Top Ten Most Unfortunate Character Names
This week's list from The Broke and the Bookish : The Top Ten Most Unfortunate Character Names
I will now sing the praises of Anthony Trollope--again.
Trollope purposefully gave many of his minor characters "unfortunate" names. Often a distasteful or villainous character will have a name that is either ridiculous or respulsive. Trollope used sound and connotation to great effect in naming characters.
1. Mr. Quiverful is the rector of Puddingdale. His very large (fourteen children by the time he appears in Barchester Towers) family leaves him destitute. A good, if somewhat overwhelmed, man.
2. Mrs. Proudie, the Sabbatarian (and holier-than-thou) wife of Bishop Proudie in the Barsetshire series.
3. Quintus Slide, slanderous editor and rumormonger. This vengeful character has a small but important role to play in several of the Palliser novels.
4. Reverend Obadiah Slope-an unattractive and troublesome character from the Barsetshire series.
5. Sir Orlando Drought--a minister in the cabinet in The Prime Minister.
6. The Duke of Omnium--think he's the Duke of pretty much everything?
7. Plantegenet Palliser--only the rich and titled can get away with names like this. In Phineas Redux he succeeds his uncle as Duke of Omnium.
8. Mr. Chaffenbrass--a barrister in Phineas Redux. He turns out to be a goodie, not a baddie.
9. Mr. Cheesacre appears in Can You Forgive Her? He's a farmer, of course.
10. Lord Fawn, a weaselish, fawning sort of fellow--frequently an unsuccessful suitor.
Thanks again to The Broke and the Bookish for this always-entertaining meme. What characters do you think have the most unfortunate names?