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Black Beauty Character list (wiki)
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Darkie/Black Beauty/Black Auster/Jack/Blackie/Old Crony
The narrator of the story, a handsome black horse. He begins his career as a carriage horse for wealthy people but when he "breaks his knees" (i.e. develops scars on his knees after a bad fall) he is no longer considered presentable enough and is put to much harder work. He passes through the hands of a series of owners, some cruel, some kind. He always tries his best to serve humans despite the circumstances.
(nicknamed "Pet")—Beauty's and Rob Roy's mother, who encourages Beauty to be good from a young age.
A fellow black horse from Beauty's original farm, who is killed in a hunting incident (along with his rider, Squire Gordon's only son). It is later learned that he was Beauty's half-brother, an older son of Duchess
A high-strung, nervous mare whom Lady Anne rides one day and is spooked until Black Beauty comes to her aid with his rider
A companion of Beauty's at Birtwick Park, she is named for her chestnut colour and her habit of biting, which is often how the spice, ginger, is described. Ginger is a more aggressive horse due to her traumatic upbringing. After being ridden by Lord George in a steeplechase her back is strained. Beauty meets Ginger for the last time as broken-down cab horses in London, and later a cart with a dead horse (whom Beauty believes is Ginger), passes by Beauty.
A short, dappled grey, handsome pony who is polite to humans and horses alike. He is ridden by the young daughters at Bihari Park, then sent to live with a vicar who promises never to sell him.
An older horse who had his tail docked, to his great annoyance and discomfort.
A job horse usually paired with Black Beauty. Became a coal carting horse after getting hit in the chest by cart driven on the wrong side of the road.
A hired horse who cannot run very fast due to her short legs. She runs at an odd hopping pace. When pulling a carriage she often gets whipped for not keeping up with a faster horses. Sold to two ladies who wanted a safe horse.
A former army horse who witnessed horrific incidents in the Crimean War, although he was well treated and received no serious wounds. He lost his beloved master in the Charge of the Light Brigade. He became a cab horse for Jerry, where he works with Black Beauty. After he is injured due to a collision with a drunk driver Jerry has him shot rather than send him to work as a cart horse
A five-year-old horse bought to replace Captain. Jerry sells him to Grant when he leaves London
A calm, peaceful horse Beauty meets at Birtwick Park
Beauty's first owner, a good kind man who trains him well.
Mr. Douglas Gordon (Squire Gordon)
A very kind and loving master who was also the squire. Lives in Birtwick Park. Has to sell Beauty when he leaves the country because of his wife's illness.
Mr. John Manly
Black Beauty's groom at Squire Gordon's. He leaves to work as a coachman for Sir Clifford Williams.
Mr. James Howard
John Manly's assistant at Squire Gordon's. He leaves to work as a coachman for Sir Clifford Williams.
Mr. Joseph Greene
A kind boy who replaces James at Squire Gordon's hall. Beauty becomes seriously ill after little Joe assumes Beauty does not need a blanket after a long, exhausting gallop.
Earl of W
Purchases Beauty and Ginger from Squire Gordon. Lives in Earlshall Park.
He is kind to the horses
Wife of Lord W. Demands that Beauty and Ginger wear bearing reins to hold their heads up high. When York tries to comply with Lady W's order Ginger lashes out, kicking everything around her.
Earl of W's coachman. He treats the horses kindly.
A first rate driver who can treat a horse as well as a farrier, due to spending 2 years with a veterinary surgeon. Unfortunately he occasionally drinks heavily. Though York tries to hide this problem the Earl finds out and fires Reuben. York later convinces the Earl to rehire him. After taking Colonel Blantyre to town Reuben gets drunk in the White Lion, then rides Beauty back to Earlshall Park. Due to a loose nail in Beauty's shoe, which Reuben was too drunk to care about, Beauty's shoe comes off. Reuben then makes Beauty gallop over sharp stones injuring Beauty's hoof and causing him to stumble. Beauty falls and scrapes his knees, while Reuben is flung off Beauty and dies from the impact.
Master of the livery stables
Buys Beauty and hires him out to people in Bath who wish to rent a horse. Some of the people who rent Beauty are good drivers, most are not.
Buys Beauty from the livery stables after renting him several times as his doctor advised him to get more horse exercise. He tries to treat horses well, but hires two bad grooms (a thief and a humbug) due to his lack of knowledge on horse care. Decides to sell Beauty at a horse fair and rent horses when he needs them.
Mr. Jeremiah (Jerry) Barker
A kind owner and religious man who uses Beauty and Captain as cab horses. After Captain is injured he buys Hotspur to replace him. Refuses to work on Sunday or force his horses to go beyond a 'jog-trot' through London for customers with poor timekeeping. Though he will break these rules for a good cause. One New Year's Eve, Jerry is kept waiting in blizzard conditions by inconsiderate young men who stayed too long playing cards, contracts bronchitis, and nearly dies. Jerry's doctor tells him he must not return to cab work. Jerry takes a job with Mrs Fowler as her coachman.
Mrs. Polly Barker
Wife of Jerry. Always waits up for her husband.
Master Harry Barker
Son of Jerry. Helps his father look after the horses.
Ms. Dorothy (Dolly) Barker.
Daughter of Jerry. Often brings food to her father.
Mr. (Grey/Governor) Grant
a respected and long serving cab driver. When Jerry is ill he takes out Hotspur and gives Jerry half the money he makes.
Corn dealer/ baker
Uses Beauty as a work horse. Works him fairly but due to the poor lighting in Beauty's stable Beauty nearly goes blind.
Has Beauty overloaded so that fewer journeys are required to deliver goods
A carter who works for the baker. Dislikes overloading Beauty but cannot go against the foreman. Made Beauty work with the bearing rein up until a lady showed him that Beauty would find it easier to pull the cart without the bearing rein.
Mr. Nicholas Skinner
A ruthless cab horse owner who charges a high fee for renting cab horses. As a result the only way the drivers who rent his horse can make money is by overworking the horse, usually by whipping the horse to make it move even when tired. When Beauty collapses from overwork, Skinner plans to send Beauty to a knacker but a farrier convinces him to rest Beauty and sell him at a horse fair. Seedy Sam used to rent horses from him.
A kind owner who cares for Black Beauty when he is at his weakest.
Thee three ladies (Miss Blomefiled, Miss Ellen, Miss Lavinia)
Beauty's final home where he spends the rest of his days very well treated
Joseph (Joe) Greene
Coachman for the three ladies. Recognizes Beauty as the horse that used to belong to Squire Gordon
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