Top Ten Tuesday: Best Character Names – The John Buchan Edition

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John BuchanThis week’s topic is Best Character Names.  Regular followers of this blog will know I have a real passion for the works of John Buchan so I’ve chosen some of my favourite  character names from his novels.  As I was compiling the list, I started to notice a pattern which suggests a certain line of thinking (critics might say a rather lazy line of thinking) on John Buchan’s part when creating character names.  If you have the time or inclination, try this quiz.  All the characters below can be loosely categorised as either “goodies’ or ‘baddies’.  Can you guess to which category they belong? (There are a few curve balls.) You can find the answers at the bottom of this post.

Clicking on the title will take you to the book’s description on Goodreads or to my review.  Some characters appear in more than one John Buchan book, so I’ve just shown the book in which they first appear.

Marmaduke Jopley from The Thirty-Nine Steps

Moxon Ivery from Mr. Standfast

Sandy Arbuthnot (Lord Clanroyden) from Greenmantle

Hilda von Einem from Greenmantle

John Scantlebury Blenkiron from Greenmantle

Koré Arabin from The Dancing Floor

Dickson McCunn from Huntingtower

Dominick Medina from The Three Hostages

Jacques D’Ingraville from The Courts of the Morning

Launcelot Wake from Mr. Standfast

Answers to the quiz:
‘Goodies’: Marmaduke Jopley,  Sandy Arbuthnot, Koré Arabin, John Scantlebury Blenkiron, Dickson McCunn, Launcelot Wake [the mostly solid British sounding names]

‘Baddies’: Moxon Ivery, Hilda von Einem, Jacques D’Ingraville, Dominick Medina [the foreign sounding names]


Next week’s topic: Bookish Worlds I’d Want To/Never Want To Live In

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