cast of characters

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Noun1.cast of characters - the actors in a play
assemblage, gathering - a group of persons together in one place
troupe, company - organization of performers and associated personnel (especially theatrical); "the traveling company all stayed at the same hotel"
supporting players, ensemble - a cast other than the principals
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At that time, I was not: I used to rise each morning eager to shake off his yoke, and go out with my portmanteau under my arm, if a beggar, at least a freeman; and in the evening, when I came back from the pensionnat de demoiselles, a certain pleasant voice in my ear; a certain face, so intelligent, yet so docile, so reflective, yet so soft, in my eyes; a certain cast of character, at once proud and pliant, sensitive and sagacious, serious and ardent, in my head; a certain tone of feeling, fervid and modest, refined and practical, pure and powerful, delighting and troubling my memory--visions of new ties I longed to contract, of new duties I longed to undertake, had taken the rover and the rebel out of me, and had shown endurance of my hated lot in the light of a Spartan virtue.
She has been unkind to you, no doubt; because you see, she dislikes your cast of character, as Miss Scatcherd does mine; but how minutely you remember all she has done and said to you
In harmony with this delight in personal advantages there is in their plays a certain heroic cast of character and dialogue, --as in Bonduca, Sophocles, the Mad Lover, the Double Marriage,--wherein the speaker is so earnest and cordial and on such deep grounds of character, that the dialogue, on the slightest additional incident in the plot, rises naturally into poetry.
I felt it almost as a destiny to make Salem my home; so that the mould of features and cast of character which had all along been familiar here -- ever, as one representative of the race lay down in the grave, another assuming, as it were, his sentry-march along the main street -- might still in my little day be seen and recognised in the old town.
A twenty-year-old grudge and a rich cast of characters make this mystery continually surprising.
That glut of books has not deterred Thomas Vinciguerra, and in Cast of Characters (Norton, $27.
Along the way she meets a magician named Schmendrick, a barmaid named Molly, and a cast of characters who cannot seem to recognize what the creature truly is beyond merely a beautiful horse.
Everybody has a motive for murder in Crosby's lively first mystery novel, which boasts a memorable and quirky cast of characters, more than a little down-home humor, plenty of suspense, a dash of romance, and a great deal of interesting history and information about the American wine-making industry.
It's not exactly Old MacDonald's farm, but in this rural setting, where the only animals that she keeps are two dogs and a cat, Boynton, 53, has dreamed up a delightful cast of characters.
It is greatly enhanced by an introductory list of cast of characters, in order of appearance by chapter, the prologue, which quotes the Declaration of Arbroath and the Proclamation of POBLACHT NA H EIREANN, and the glossary.
He documents Larsen's interactions with a huge cast of characters, including James Weldon Johnson, W.
It's a road movie blissfully free of larcenous hitchhikers or other cliches that nevertheless keeps piling on the absurdities--each emerging organically from its cast of characters.