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Minor Characters

Witwoud

He is the typical Restoration fop (a foolish and conceited man,
who is usually preoccupied with his appearance). As his very
name implies, Witwoud represents a person who has delusions
of being a great wit.

Petulant

He is Witwoud’s friend and prides himself on being a fop. He is
the most irritating character in the play. As his name implies,
Petulant is extremely disagreeable and feels the need to
contradict everything that others say. He is at the bottom of the
scale of false wits mentioned by Congreve in the "Dedication."

Sir Wilfull Witwoud

He is Lady Wishfort’s nephew and the half-brother of Witwoud.
He is over forty years old, comes from the country, and is
awkward and ill-bred. He has been chosen by Lady Wishfort as
Millamant’s husband.



Waitwell

He is Mirabell’s valet. Mirabell has him marry Foible to further
his secret plan to win Millamant. He plays a significant role in
advancing the plot. He poses as Mirabell’s uncle, who has the
power to disinherit him, and almost lures Lady Wishfort into a
sham marriage.

Foible

She is Lady Wishfort’s maid, who marries Waitwell. She
cooperates with Mirabell in furthering his plot to win
Millamant. She displays considerable intelligence and invents
credible stories to avoid early detection of Mirabell’s plot.

Mincing

She is Millamant’s maid. She reveals Mrs. Marwood’s affair
with Fainall.

Peg

She is Lady Wishfort’s maid.

Betty

She is the waiting-woman in the chocolate-house and speaks
only a few lines.

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