on Night of January 16th
novelist-thinker Ayn Rand is increasingly becoming the subject of
academic and serious studies, especially since 09/11 (2001). The
following is the list of characters and their "apparent"
traits from her first significant stage play (in three acts) Night
of January 16th.
Night of January 16th: Characters
William Heath of the Superior Court 11 of the State of New
York in 1933.
Attorney Flint, Lawyer of the prosecution.
“A heavy, middle-aged man with the kindly
appearance of a respectable father of a family and the shrewd, piercing
manner of a pawnbroker [pp.21-2]”
Attorney Stevens, Lawyer of Karen Andre.
“Tall, gray-haired, displaying the grooming
and sophisticated grace of a man of the world [p.22].”
Andre, the secretary-mistress of the late Bjnor Faulkner, 28.
“One’s first impression of her is that to
handle her would require the services of an animal trainer, not
an attorney. Yet there is nothing emotional or rebellious in her
countenance; it is one of profound, inexorable calm; but one feels
the tense vitality, the primitive fire, the untamed strength in
the defiant immobility of her slender body, the proud line of her
head held high, the sweep of her tousled hair. Her clothes are conspicuous
by their severe, tailored simplicity; a very costly simplicity,
one can notice, but not the elegance of a woman who gives much thought
to her clothes; rather that of one who knows she can make any rag
attractive and does it consciously [p.22].”
Thomas Kirkland, medical examiner of the United
“Elderly, kindly, and indifferent [p.25].”
Hutchins, night watchman at the Faulkner
“A timid, elderly man, neat, but almost
shabby; he walks to the stand shyly, cringing, nervously fingering
his hat in both hands [p.27].”
Van Fleet, private investigator.
“Tall, not very young, and can best be described
by the word “correct.” His clothes are correct—smart, but not flashy;
his manner is correct—cool, exact, strictly businesslike. He is
diffident and dignified at the same time [pp.32-3].”
Sweeney, police inspector.
“Round-faced, somewhat naïve [p.41].”
“Waddles towards the witness stand. She
is fat, middle-aged, with tight, drawn lips, suspicious eyes, an
air of offended righteousness. Her clothes are plain, old-fashioned,
meticulously neat [p.45].”
Lee Faulkner, widow of the late Bjnor Faulkner, 22.
“Blonde, slender, delicate, perfect as a
costly porcelain statuette. Her exquisite white skin is a contrast
to the somber, unrelieved black of her clothes; they are clothes
of mourning, severe and in perfect taste [p.49].”
Graham Whitfield, Nancy’s
“Tall, gray-haired, perfectly groomed, a
thorough gentleman with the imperious manner of a wartime generalissimo
Chandler, hand writing expert of the New York Police Department.
“Middle-aged, precise, dignified [p.74].”
Jungquist, secretary of Faulkner since Karen’s dismissal.
“A man in his late thirties, a little timid
in a quiet, reserved way, with a naïve face and questioning, as
if constantly wondering, eyes. He is Swedish and speaks with an
(Lawrence) Regan, Officially
“unemployed” but reputed to be a gangster.
“Tall, slender, light-eyed young man in
traveling clothes [p.88].”
Source: Personal Notes of
Khurram Ali Shafique (2007)
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