Characters / For Whom the Bell Tolls

Robert Jordan

Hero of the story, a young demolitions expert who is having his idealism rubbed off by the war.

Pablo

Leader of the band of guerillas, once a legend, now gone to seed.

Maria

Rescued by the guerillas in a train attack before the book's action starts.

Pilar

The real leader of the guerillas and, nominally, Pablo's woman.

  • Ambiguously Gypsy: She has deep knowledge of Gypsy legends and superstitions, but she is not described as a Gypsy.
  • Effortless Amazonian Lift: In the book she carries big heavy loads through the woods and easily carries Maria on her shoulder after she is saved from a blown up convict train.
  • Irony: Her speech to Pablo in front of the entire band, saying that between foul people, the drunkard is the foulest, as the thief, robber or killer still have by necessity times when they don't rob or kill and above all they don't practice their vices in their own homes. Coming from an author whose love for alcohol is legendary...
  • Whatevermancy: In this case Palmistry, which she seems to believe wholeheartedly. Robert Jordan not so much. Probably.

Anselmo (The Old Man)

First of the guerillas Robert Jordan meets and his closest ally.

  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: A pacifist, he is averse to killing, but proves himself a valuable asset all the same.
  • Badass Grandpa: Had been a skilled mountain guide and big game hunter before the war and he can hold his own in a fight.

Agustin

The joker amongst the guerillas

Fernando

The big quiet guy in the guerillas


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