A poor, seventeen year old pianist who marries a Marquis. She narrates the story many years later having escaped teh murderer and remarried
A French Nobleman who takes pleasure in challenging his wives to disobey him and then murdering them. His favourite room is his "bloody chamber" which is where he keeps their corpses.
A kindly blind piano tuner who helps the heroine escape the Marquis and then later marries her.
A brave women who grew up in Indo-China and then married a man who was poorer than her. When he died at war she was left penniless with her daughter
The Opera Singer
The Marquis' first wife, whom he strangled to death,and whose body lies on a Catafalque in the forbidden room.
The Evening Star Walking on the rim of night
The Marquis' second wife, whse skull hangs suspended by chords in his forbidden room.
The Romanian Countess
The Marquis' latest wife beforre the heroine, whom he murdered in the iron maiden. The narrator drops the key to the forbidden room into her pooling blood.