One Fat Englishman
1. One Fat English Man 2. The author of the novel is Kingsley Amis, copyright

1963. 3. Kingsley Amis was a British writer from England. 4. Major Characters

Roger Micheldene is the man the book focuses primarily upon. He is "a shortish
fat Englishman of forty (6)" and a publisher. Of the seven deadly sins Roger
considers himself to be gluttony, sloth and lust. He considers himself most
qualified in the sin of anger (8). He is so fat that his hips have fused
together and he is forced to wear a brace. He also drinks excessively and uses

Snuff. His drink of preference is gin with water added and no ice. He has a wife
in England, but still enjoys interludes with women. His character does not
change within the novel. He remains a selfish, fat, Englishman who is quick to
anger, is willing to cheat on his wife whenever possible and drinks heavily.

Thus he considered a round, fully developed, but static character. Through out
the novel he seems to be drawn by a need to receive love from women, although he
discounts their thoughts and general stature. Through all his encounters he
seeks love from Helene far more than the others. He feels he is a great man when
he conquerors her. Helene Bang was born in Denmark, but her parents brought her
to America when she was ten. She settles with her family in Idaho. When she was
twenty-one, while on a visit in Denmark, she met Ernst Bang. She married Ernst
and moved back to America with him. Although she was born in Denmark she
considers herself an American. She is a very attractive woman; many of the male
students at Budweiser find her attractive, too. She is a round character, but
still static. She lives a life endeared to her husband and son through out the
novel. Even in her affair at the end of the novel with Irving she still claims
she cannot lie to her husband. However, she confirms she is not in love with

Roger, "when I go to bed with you I [simply] feel less sorry for you (185)."

Irving Macher is a "brilliant young Jewish kid from New York" who attends

Budweiser. (9). He is the author of a bizarre novel, Blikie Heaven, which Joe
asked Roger to critique and publish. Physically he is described by Roger as"brown-haired...freckled, with a mild crew-cut...with nothing noticeable about
him but a pair of restless grey eyes (11)." He is a round character; Amis
develops him through various encounters with Roger, but static also. He is

Rogerís antagonist. Every time Roget tries to win the love of Helene he steps
in to mess things up. For example, he steals Rogerís lecture notes before

Roger is to give a speech before a few hundred men, is apart of a trick that
involves a young lady biting Rogerís neck and takes Helene to New York. He is
a young who is ready to argue, but also willing to admit his weaknesses. 5.

Minor Characters Ernst Bang is a Germanic philologist, who was originally from

Denmark. He moved to America after taking a leave from Copenhagen, a university
he taught at in Denmark, and received a yearís appointment at Budweiser. He is
married to Helene. In Rogerís mind Ernst is the only thing standing between
him and Helene. He is young and attractive. He is also very trusting, and does
not suspect Roger is having an affair with Helene. Arthur Bang is the son of

Helene and Ernst. He attends a farm school and has especially high aptitudes and
study habits. He is important because he spoils a lot of Rogerís romantic
plans. For example, on Halloween Helene uses the excuse that Arthur would be
home too soon from school for the two to carry out a physical part of the affair
(57). Mollie Atkins is married to Strode Atkins, who considers himself an

Englishman. The two seem happily married. However, she has numerous affairs,
including one with Roger. She is drunk one of the last times that she sees

Roger. Father Colgate is a priest at Budweiser. He is a flamboyantly handsome
and muscular man of thirty, dressed in well-tailored clerical garb (88). He has
a serious concern for Rogerís current state of being and worries over his
soul. Father Colgate is added to the novel to symbolize the constant battle

Roger has between whatís right, Godís way, and what he does. 6. Three Main

Settings Joe Derlangerís home is one