Cécile Auclair (say-
Pierre Charron (pyehr shah-
The Count de Frontenac (deh froh[n]-teh-
Bishop Laval (lah-
Monseigneur de Saint-Vallier (deh sah[n]-vahl-
Jacques Gaux (zhahk goh), a street waif befriended by Cécile Auclair. He grows up to become a sailor. Between voyages, he stays with the old apothecary.
Nicholas Pigeon (nee-koh-
Noel Pommier (noh-
Madame Pommier, the cobbler’s mother. A woman of great piety, she is responsible for the location of her son’s shop on Holy Family Hill.
Jules (zhewl), nicknamed Blinker, a disfigured, cross-eyed man who tends the fires of Pigeon and the baker and empties the Auclairs’ refuse in repayment for a bowl of soup and a small glass of brandy each night. He tells Euclide Auclair a strange story. Apprenticed to the king’s torturer at Rouen, he had brutally compelled a woman to confess to the murder of her son. A short time later, the young man reappeared. Unable to sleep at night because of the burden on his conscience, Blinker asks the apothecary for a drug that will allow him to rest.
Mother Juschereau de Saint-Ignace (zhew-sheh-
Father Hector Saint-Cyr (ehk-
Jeanne Le Ber (zhahn leh behr), the daughter of a wealthy merchant in Montreal. Rejecting all suitors for her hand, including her old playmate, Pierre Charron, she becomes a religious recluse.