A spoiler-free list of characters in Demons/The Devils/The Possessed, by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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Or, at least, as close to being free from spoilers as I can manage while still giving some description of the characters and their relationships. The names used most frequently are in bold. Quotes are taken from Constance Garnett’s translation (Project Gutenberg), as are the transliterated spellings. I created this list myself, but when in doubt I used this somewhat spoilery list for reference, so my thanks to Littera Scripta Manet. (Edit: I later found another list put together by Josh of Original Positions.)

Anton Lavrentyevitch G——v, our narrator

Stepan Trofimovitch Verhovensky (also called Stefan), “that talented and highly-esteemed gentleman”

Pyotr Stepanovitch Verhovensky (sometimes called Petrusha), Stepan’s son by his late wife, raised by distant cousins

Nastasya (nicknamed Stasie), Stepan’s servant

Varvara Petrovna Stavrogin, “a lady of great wealth” and Stepan’s longtime friend

Lieutenant-General Stavrogin, Varvara Petrovna’s separated husband

Nikolay Vsyevolodovitch Stavrogin (French: Nicolas), Varvara Petrovna’s son, whom Stepan tutored when he was a child

Alexey Yegorytch, Varvara Petrovna’s butler

Fomushka, a friend of Varvara Petrovna

Count K., with whose family Stavrogin is rumored to be acquainted

Stepanida Mikhailovna, Stavrogin’s working-class landlady

Matryosha, the twelve-year-old daughter of Stepanida Mikhailovna

Sergay Vassilyevitch Liputin (French: Lipoutine), “an elderly provincial official, and a great liberal, who was reputed in the town to be an atheist”

Madame Liputin, Liputin’s pretty young wife

Agafya, Liputin’s servant, “an easy-mannered, lively, rosy-cheeked peasant woman of thirty”

Ivan Shatov (sometimes called Shatushka), a former serf of Varvara Petrovna who was expelled from university, and the brother of Darya Pavlovna, though he rarely sees her

Darya Pavlovna Shatov (often called Dasha, sometimes Dashenka), Shatov’s sister, Varvara Petrovna’s protégée

Marya Ignatyevna Shatov (French: Marie), Shatov’s wife, with whom he very briefly lived in Geneva several years ago

Virginsky, “a pathetic and very quiet young man”

Arina Prohorovna Virginsky, Virginsky’s wife and the town’s most sought-after midwife

Virginsky’s sister, “a rosy-cheeked student and a nihilist”

Arina Prohorovna’s sister, who has no eyebrows

Captain Ignat Lebyadkin (also Ignaty), “a stranger to the town, [who] turned out afterwards to be a very dubious character,” and who happens to live in the same house as Shatov

Marya Timofyevna Lebyadkin, Lebyadkin’s sister, who lives with him

Pyotr Pavlovitch Gaganov (once called Pavel Pavlovitch—I think the “Pyotr” is a mistake, since it doesn’t match his son’s patronymic), an elderly club member who has a habit of saying, “No, you can’t lead me by the nose!”

Artemy Pavlovitch Gaganov, the elder Gaganov’s son, “proud, irritable, and supercilious, in spite of his good breeding”

Anisim Ivanovitch, former servant of Gaganov, who knows Stepan

Praskovya Ivanovna Drozdov (formerly Tushin), a childhood friend of Varvara Petrovna, who is now elderly and has trouble with her legs

General Ivan Ivanovitch Drozdov, Praskovya Ivanovna’s late husband

Lizaveta Nikolaevna Tushin (often called Liza; French: Lise), Praskovya Ivanovna’s daughter, who was tutored by Stepan when she was a child

Mavriky Nikolaevitch (French: Maurice), a friend of Lizaveta and of the younger Gaganov, a thirty-three-year-old artillery captain who has “an imposing and at first sight almost stern countenance, in spite of his wonderful and delicate kindness which no one could fail to perceive almost the first moment of making his acquaintance”

Ivan Ossipovitch, “our dear mild governor”

Andrey Antonovitch von Lembke (sometimes called Lembka), the new governor who assumed office after Ivan Ossipovitch’s term

Yulia Mihailovna von Lembke (French: Julie), the governor’s ambitious and strong-willed wife, who is related to the Drozdovs

Alyosha Telyatnikov, “a clerk of refined manners, who was also a member of the governor’s household”

von Blum, a clerk in the governor’s office whom Yulia Mihailovna hates

Police-superintendent Flibusterov, “an ardent champion of authority who had only recently come to our town but had already distinguished himself”

Karmazinov, a well-known novelist and a distant relative of Yulia Mihailovna

Lyamshin, a Jewish post office clerk, who plays the piano and does amusing impressions

Alexey Nilitch Kirillov, a civil engineer who has been abroad and who takes a great interest in suicide

Shigalov, the brother of Arina Prohorovna, a gloomy man with very big ears

Nikon Semyonitch Andreev, “our respectable and respected merchant”

Fedka or Fyodor Fyodorovitch, an escaped convict

Erkel, a young ensign who rarely speaks and constantly takes notes

Tolkatchenko, “a man of forty, who was famed for his vast knowledge of the people, especially of thieves and robbers”

Sofya Matveyevna Ulitin, a widow who travels selling gospels

Father Pavel, “our chief priest”

Semyon Yakovlevitch, “our saint and prophet”

Tikhon, a retired bishop who lives in the monastery