GreeneFisher Publications™

  Sarasota, Florida, USA 

Dramatis Personae of The Green Flourish Pentalogy

When I originally came up with the idea for this series, I envisioned Greenhaven as being an idealized sort of Melting Pot of many different cultures from the world over. In a literary sense, the town is based upon Edward Bellamy's 1888 book Looking Backward 2000-1887 about a man who sleeps from 1887 to the year 2000 and awakens to discover that human society has united in a perfect socialist paradise. One of the hallmarks of 19th century English language literature is careful attention to dialect as can be seen in the works of Thomas Hardy, George Eliot and Mark Twain (among many others), and I wanted to create a place where a wide range of characters could get together and speak with the different voices found in the pages of some of the classic literature that I found most inspiring. In some cases, the end result was not at all what I had originally intended, but I've still included the original character voices or books and their authors in parenthesis in the following list.

Mary Fisher - the orphaned narrator from Scotland (Tommy Sandys, Sentimental Tommy, J. M. Barrie)

Abigail Greene - a nursery worker in the town of Greenhaven (Emma Woodhouse, Emma, Jane Austen)

Jonas Nordland - a young doctor in the town of Greenhaven (Brave New World, Aldous Huxley)

Jonathan Salzman - former captain of the Royal Navy and founder of Greenhaven (Mr. Pegotty, David Copperfield, Charles Dickens)

Philip Tafton - an agriculturalist and "fore-caster" of weather in the town of Greenhaven (Bert Smallways, The War in the Air, H. G. Wells)

Jessica Weston - a young minister and field preacher in Greenhaven (Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain)

Magenta - a theosophist in the town of Greenhaven who acts as Jonathan's adviser (Melquiades, Cien Años de Soledad, Gabriel García Márquez)

Rebecca - Mary's older sister (Grizel, Tommy and Grizel, J. M. Barrie)

Doctor Nicholas Lamb - an ancient veterinary surgeon in Florida originally from parts unknown (Doctor Dolittle, Hugh Lofting)

Charlotte Greene - Abigail's younger sister (Cathy Linton, Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë)

Vivian Greene - Abigail's mother who is in charge of the nursery in Greenhaven (Jane Austen)

Jeremiah Greene - Abigail's older brother, a carpenter (Jane Austen)

Ilsa Kroëger - the maid in the Town Hall in Greenhaven, Jeremiah's love interest (Professor Bhaer, Little Women, Louisa May Alcott)

Christopher Llewelyn - the cook in the Town Hall in Greenhaven (Morgan, The Adventures of Roderick Random, Tobias Smollett)

Mr. Yorsangchai - proprietor of a restaurant stall in Greenhaven (High Lama, Lost Horizon, James Hilton)

Mr. Welton - commissioner of police for Greenhaven (Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad)

Mr. Wilkins - a policeman in Greenhaven (Offissa Pup, Krazy Kat, George Herriman)

Genevieve Richmond - an artist in Greenhaven and friend of Abigail's (Flora Finching, Little Dorrit, Dickens)

Mrs. Weston - Jessica's mother known for her baking and pickling (Quincy Morris, Dracula, Bram Stoker)

Maisie - a milkmaid in Greenhaven (Tess of D'Urbervilles, Thomas Hardy)

Mr. Hartley - labor supervisor in Greenhaven (Henchard, The Mayor of Casterbridge, Thomas Hardy)

Emily-Jane Reichardt - Abigail's favorite child in the nursery of Greenhaven (Frederic & Elfrida, Jane Austen)

Mr. Spencer - valet for the Town Hall in Greenhaven (The Admirable Crichton, J. M. Barrie)

Father Cabbot - an Anglican minister in Greenhaven (The Vicar of Wakefield, Oliver Goldsmith)

Wolfgang - a "turn-spit" dog and frequent visitor to the nursery (Heather and Snow, George MacDonald)

Amy Jackson - a supervisor for "The Network" (The Virginian, Owen Wister)

Hannah Beardsley - an agent of "The Network"

Doctor Berge - the chief doctor in Greenhaven

Mr. Abizaid - a former inspector of the East India Company in colonial India who now works as a carpenter in Greenhaven

Thora Skeie - a child in Greenhaven

Solomon - an actor and advertiser paid by the town council of Greenhaven

Doctor Jacobs - a ladies' doctor on the mainland

Nelly - Doctor Jacobs' housemaid

David - an asylum inmate who befriends Mary

Cleopas - a border collie dog who is friends with Doctor Lamb

Ruby - a ruby-throated hummingbird who accompanies Doctor lamb

Mr. Reve - Lutheran minister in Greenhaven

Father Perez - Catholic priest in Greenhaven

Margrethe - Jonas's sister and Abigail's former friend

Jorunna - Margrethe's friend and Mr. Reve's daughter

Val Skeie - father of Thora, a stablehand in Greenhaven

Georg Schröder - stable supervisor in Greenhaven

Donny Clendon - a friend of Charlotte Greene

Alys Townsend - a farmwife and poet in Greenhaven

Mr. Levi - a journalist and bookbinder in Greenhaven

Jemmie - a milkmaid and friend of Maisie's

Daisy - Maisie's sister, a waitress at the Capsize Inn in Greenhaven

Edilberto - a former boxer and friend of Doctor Lamb

Jesucita - a blind and deaf child that Abigail befriends

Dennis - an "orphan" child that Doctor Jacobs sends to Greenhaven; he follows the doctors around in order to "study" medicine

Mr. "Van Camp" - Jemmie's father