Sir Sampson Legend, who decides to disinherit his son Valentine, a wastrel. His plan fails when Valentine feigns madness.
Angelica, a beautiful young woman loved by Valentine. She is both wealthy and clever. Loving Valentine, she puts up with his temporary faults and finally marries him.
Jeremy, Valentine’s clever but knavish servant.
Trapland, a lecherous, elderly scrivener, one of Valentine’s creditors.
Scandal, Valentine’s friend. He plays upon Foresight’s belief in astrology to prevent a marriage between Ben Legend and Prue Foresight. He also flirts with Mrs. Foresight, a young woman married to an old man.
Ben Legend, Valentine’s young brother, who stands to inherit Sir Sampson’s estate if Valentine is cut off.
Foresight, a foolish old man who believes in astrology and has a young wife. He is Angelica’s uncle. He realizes at last that he is really an old fool and admits it.
Prue Foresight, his countrified daughter. She dislikes Ben, whom her father wants her to marry. Although she is fascinated by Tattle, who almost succeeds in seducing her, she ends up wanting to marry Robin, a butler.
Mrs. Foresight, Foresight’s young, flirtatious wife.
Mistress Frail, Mrs. Foresight’s sister. She wants to marry a rich man, but she is finally tricked into marrying Tattle.
Tattle, a talkative young dandy. He is tricked into marrying Mistress Frail.
Buckram, a lawyer working for Sir Sampson.
Robin, a butler who is in love with Prue.