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Initially rather naive, he becomes more cunning throughout the novel as he is confronted with many difficulties: he is separated from Lucia and then unjustly accused of being a criminal. Renzo is somewhat short-tempered, but also gentle and honest. Lucia Mondella is a pious and kind young woman who loves Renzo. She is forced to flee from her town to escape from Don Rodrigo in one of the most famous scenes of Italian literature, the Addio ai Monti or " Farewell to the mountains. The cowardly, morally mediocre Don Abbondio provides most of the book's comic relief; however, he is not merely a stock character, as his moral failings are portrayed by Manzoni with a mixture of irony, sadness and pity, as has been noted by Luigi Pirandello in his essay "On Humour" Saggio sull'Umorismo.

Fra Cristoforo is a brave and generous friar who helps Renzo and Lucia, acting as a sort of "father figure" to both and as the moral compass of the novel. Fra Cristoforo was the son of a wealthy family, and joined the Capuchin Order after killing a man. He dies because he has contracted the plague while trying to help the sick. Don Rodrigo is a cruel and despicable nobleman and the novel's main villain.

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He decides to prevent with the force Renzo and Lucia's marriage, threatens to kill Don Abbondio if he marries the two and tries to kidnap Lucia. He dies in the plague, after repenting for his sins. L'Innominato literally: the Unnamed is probably the novel's most complex character, a powerful and feared criminal who is torn between his ferocious past and the increasing disgust he feels for his life.

Based on the historical character of Francesco Bernardino Visconti, who was really converted by a visit of Federico Borromeo. Agnese Agnes is Lucia's wise mother.

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Federico Borromeo is a virtuous and zealous cardinal. Historical character. Perpetua is Don Abbondio's loquacious servant. La Monaca di Monza the Nun of Monza , whose real name is Gertrude Gertrude is a tragic figure, a bitter, frustrated and ambiguous woman.

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