Though Anys saves her aunt at the last moment, Mem still succumbs to the wounds she sustained while the mob beat her savagely. Though she was once devoutly religious, she loses interest in civility and becomes a drunkard.
Later, Anna and Michael see Jane having sex with a man on the street.
This controlling aspect of Michael’s personality makes subtle but memorable appearances during his various interactions with the townspeople, showing that Michael’s easy-going persona might be a sham.
Anys Gowdie is the beautiful, alluring medicine woman of the village.
Michael Mompellion is the relatively new preacher in the village.
Once the plague begins taking lives, an angry mob accuses Mem of witchcraft again and throws her into a well to test whether or not she is witch.
The Bradfords are the wealthiest family in the village.
The Colonel, who is the head of the Bradford household, is shown to be an angry, self-righteous man who is only interested in his own gain and status.
However, Elinor gave up her life of affluence after marrying Michael Mompellion.
She is grateful to Michael for marrying her, though it is slowly revealed that their marriage is not as fulfilling as it appears.