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Alexander, Mr. Lordâ•… Singer and songwriter from Trini- dad; he successfully performs on the radio and in cabarets in Colin MacInnes’s City of Spades. Alexander, Raymond “Mouse”â•… Friend and partner to private investigator Easy Rawlins; kills stepfather in inheritance dispute; violent and unpredictable, he values loyalty; saves Rawlins’s life on several occasions in Walter Mosley’s Devil in a Blue Dress. Alexander, Rolandâ•… Four-year-old boy who dies after accidentally swallowing rat poison left in his bedroom; as a result of this tragedy, his father almost beats his mother to death before being locked up by police in Alexis Deveaux’s Spirits in the Street.
Alington’s son who dies in World War I in J. B. Priestley’s Bright Day. Alis, Ladyâ•… Wife of the old lord Ansiau de Linnières; curses her son Herbert for his incestuous affair with Eglantine, his half sister, in Zoé Oldenbourg’s The Cornerstone. Alisonâ•… Gerald’s married lover; disappears from the party for a while, but reappears dirty and beaten in Robert Coover’s Gerald’s Party. Alison, Ladyâ•… Dean Jocelin’s “courtesan” aunt, who has sacrificed herself sexually to obtain royal favors so that her nephew can achieve his goal of building a spire on Salisbury cathedral in William Golding’s The Spire.
Riage of Lord Leicester and Matilda in Sophia Lee’s The Recess. she is censorious about Sir Ransome Chace’s having an illegitimate daughter in Ivy Compton-Burnett’s Darkness and Day. wants a baby so badly that she urges Theophilus North to impregnate her in Thornton Wilder’s Theophilus North. Aliceâ•… Dalby’s secretary; her knowledge of espionage and listens to Alice’s narration of her dream; she envisions it herself and acknowledges her disadvantage of being an adult and part of the “real” world; she reflects that Alice will grow up to share her dream with her own children in Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
Dictionary of Literary Characters by Michael D. Sollars