|DR. THORVALD: Middle-aged, pedantic, would have been a liberal under a democratic regime.|
|HILDA THORVALD: Good-natured, a bit slatternly. Has been the butterfly type. Hates rows. Wears dressing-jackets, kimonos, arty clothes.|
|ERIC THORVALD: Untidy, angular. About twenty.|
|MARTHA THORVALD: Violently repressed, fanatical. Wears glasses. Not to be played too broadly: remember that, beneath her fanaticism, she is an educated, intelligent woman. She is conscious of having a better brain than her sister-in-law.|
|COL. HUSSEK: An old lobster.|
|MRS. VRODNY: Embittered by poverty and household responsibilities; but with considerable reserves of power. The Vrodny-Hussek family has aristocratic traditions.|
|ANNA VRODNY: Must not be played as a mouse. She has character, but has hardly realised it.|
|OSWALD VRODNY: A cheerful ne'er-do-well. Might even speak with an Irish accent.|
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Publication information: Book title: On the Frontier:A Melodrama in Three Acts. Contributors: W. H. Auden - Author, Christopher Isherwood - Author. Publisher: Random House. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 1938. Page number: 9.
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