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Discussion in 'Duma Key' started by lowman, Apr 2, 2015.

  1. lowman

    lowman Well-Known Member

    This is a really good book and im almost done but im a little lost on a few characters. Whos the creature in the red robe? Is it emry? Cause they said it was female, or is it sonething Elizabeth made up that named her perse? Im a little confused on this book and i feel like i shouldnt be,can someone straighten me out? Thanks.

    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

    ...I think when you finish, then jump back to the parts that confused you-they may be much clearer...
  3. Spideyman

    Spideyman Uber Member

    Agree with Scott- finish the book, come back if answers are not clear.
  4. blunthead

    blunthead Well-Known Member


    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

    ...redrobe, redrobe!!!!.....
  6. sorry I can't be much help... I kept getting Elizabeth's sisters confused :( I loved Duma Key though :) A character list might help you. There isn't a character list on the site for Duma Key but I'll look for mine if you wish :)
  7. Spideyman

    Spideyman Uber Member

    For those who have already read the book.
    Major characters[edit]
    • Edgar Freemantle: is the central character in the book, which focuses on his struggles and he eventually takes the lead in the climatic fight against Perse.
    • Jerome Wireman: is a former lawyer from Omaha who moved down to Florida after losing his wife and daughter, surviving a suicide attempt, and being fired from his law firm.
    • Elizabeth Eastlake: a wealthy heiress and former art patron suffering from Alzheimers, she plays a major role in background of the story and in leading the protagonists to stopping the evil force present on the island.
    • Pam Freemantle: Edgar's wife who divorces him at the beginning of the novel. During the novel she has several affairs, but gradually reconciles with him until the events of the climax begin.
    • Ilse Freemantle: Edgar's younger daughter who remains the only person from his "past life" to stay close to him and who is the person he loves most in the world.
    • Jack Cantori: local college student who serves as Edgar's chauffeur and handyman, keeping the house stocked with groceries and picking up whatever odds and ends he needs. It is his quick thinking that allows them to trap Perse at the end of the novel.
    • Perse: the evil force manifested on Duma Key, she first reached out through young Elizabeth Eastlake to get back to the surface from the ocean before being trapped in freshwater (she is left powerless by it), until the present day. She commands a ship of damned souls, and while not human is said to have something distinctly feminine about her, and she is manifest in an old china doll with a red cloak. She is again put back to sleep at the end of the novel though the characters fear she will eventually escape again. Her full name, Persephone and her description and place are all generally influenced and taken from the Greek Goddess Persephone, the Queen of the Underworld.
    Minor characters[edit]
    There are a large number of minor characters in the book who have only passing significance to the main characters or to the plot of the book, including large numbers of friends and family from Edgar's "other life" as well as Wireman's family and boss, a number of characters with loose association to the two, and the various people who rent houses on Duma Key during the tourism season
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  8. lowman

    lowman Well-Known Member

    Thank you that does help some. Was a great book just hard to follow due to all the characters.this one just got a little confusing but i enjoyed the end very much.
  9. Autumn13

    Autumn13 Active Member

    I love love love this book. It is probably my favorite of all the King novels. However, I was confused the first time I read it (I have probably read it about 20 times since then) but I was confused because I was in such a hurry that I skipped the italicized portions of each chapter. When I went back and paid attention, then it all made sense.
  10. Sunlight Gardener

    Sunlight Gardener Well-Known Member

    It's definitely top 5 for me too...possibly top 3. I love that book so much.
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  11. César Hernández-Meraz

    César Hernández-Meraz Wants to be Nick, ends up as Larry

    The first one of those definitely seems like a true "how to draw a picture" thing.

    As we get more and more of them, we see what they are really about. And the kind of picture that are drawn. And by whom.

    So I see how you could see them as skip-worthy at first glance, and how everything would be confusing afterwards. :confused:
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