Minor Character Breakdowns for
Inherit the Wind
Reverend Jeremiah Brown
Reverend Brown is a man in his mid 50's. Rev. Brown is a real preacher type.
He takes the word of God as truth and views all deviations from that to be
blasphemy. He gives a real "Fire and Brimstone" sermon during the play.
Tom Davenport, District Attorney
Tom Davenport is a man (or woman) in his late 20's or early 30's. Although
a firm believer in the law, he is biased toward the religious viewpoint of
the case. He serves as Brady's right hand man during the trial.
Mrs. Sarah Brady
Sarah Brady is Sen. Brady's wife. She is also in her late 50's and
completely devoted to her husband. She keeps constant watch over his
health and spirits.
Mr. Meeker, The Bailiff
Bailiff Meeker is a man in his 50's. He been the bailiff for many years and
has seen lots of different people. Meeker is kind and non-judgmental. He
likes Bert and helps makes his stay in the jail pleasant.
The Mayor of Hillsboro
The mayor is a man in his late 40's. He epitomizes the small town mayor.
He is filled with self importance because of his position and is always
concerned about how his actions will be viewed by the townsfolk.
Howard Blair, Student in Bert's class
Howard is probably 13 or 14 year old. He is a very sincere young man who
does not quite understand what Bert did wrong. He is a witness for the
prosecution, but does not help either cause.
Harry Y. Esterbrook, Radio Man
Harry Y. Esterbrook is a man (or woman) in his early 20's. Harry appears
near the end of the trial to broadcast the result of the trial to the
rest of the country. He is a very energetic and enthusiastic person.
Elijah is a man in his late 30's. He is a hermit type that wanders the
town passing out bibles and providing his own brand of religion. He is
vigorously against Bert and makes several outbursts during the trial.
Woman in her late 40's or early 50's. Either a widow or old-maid type
who is also quite religious. She owns the town's boarding house. Before
and during the trial, she is very outspoken against Bert and also has a
tendancy to interrupt the trial.
Mr. Goodfellow is probably in his 30's. He runs the general store next
to the courthouse. Although being against Bert initially, Mr. Goodfellow
is not terribly excited by the trial. He is more concerned about his