Minor characters

Sheila Runcie-Campbell

She is the 12-year-old younger sister of Roderick and a representation of all that is bad about the aristocracy. She is the hard face of the upper classes: spoilt, mocking and lacking in any compassion.

Captain Forgan

Captain Forgan is Lady Runcie-Campbell's brother and Sheila and Roderick's uncle. He is another upper-class character - he is home on leave and playing cricket with Roderick when he requests the deer hunt. However, when asked for his views on the deer hunt fiasco he calls Calum a ‘poor-fellow’ and appears unperturbed.

He is 35 and during peacetime is a lawyer. He advises his sister while her husband is away fighting the war, and has perhaps inherited their father’s sense of justice from being a judge and a lawyer himself.

Mr Tulloch

He is the forester at Ardmore and is responsible for the brothers’ employment as cone gatherers on the estate. He is a champion of the brothers and understands the deer hunt disaster was not Calum’s fault, advising Lady Runcie-Campbell to deal fairly with them. He is perhaps more compassionate because he lost his own brother at Dunkirk and understands the brothers’ close protective relationship.

Mrs Morton

She is the housekeeper at the Big House and is a sensible buxom widow who finds Duror ‘distinguished’. She allows Duror to flirt with her and speak coarsely to her, while at the same time she visits his bedridden wife Peggy. She doesn’t entertain Duror’s attempts to spread false rumours about Calum being a pervert, instead sensibly advising Duror to stop being so twisted and hate-filled.

Peggy Duror

She is Duror’s obese, bedridden, sick wife who was once a beautiful woman and ran romantically through the fields with her husband. According to her mother, Mrs Lochie, only three years ago she was once very happy and made others happy too. Now she is full of regret for what once was and lives a miserable existence with a husband who feels trapped by his domestic situation and who clearly does not love her.

Mrs Lochie

She is Duror’s mother-in-law who looks after her daughter Peggy in Duror’s absence. She is full of anger at God because of her daughter’s situation and choice of husband, and she turns this anger onto Duror, accusing him of being more caring of his dogs than his sick wife. Just as Neil wonders what would happen to Calum if he didn’t look after him, Mrs Lochie worries whether Duror would look after Peggy in her absence.

She also seems to lead a miserable life, knitting, listening to the radio and moaning about and at her son-in-law. She even tries to get him into trouble by telling Lady Runcie-Campbell she saw him with a naked doll. Mrs Lochie contributes to making Duror’s bleak domestic situation all the more unbearable and unpleasant.

Dr Matheson

He represents greed in wartime Britain. He appears to be only selfishly concerned with the minor inconveniences the war has brought, moaning about his diet of spam before showing great delight when Duror presents him with a gift of venison for helping his wife, Peggy.

Despite his own flaws, the doctor is quick to realise that Duror may be suppressing his true nature and could be suffering mentally because of his wife’s degenerative state. Dr Matheson merely advises Duror to endure, which he is doing or appears to be doing already, without any other help besides Mrs Lochie who seems to make Duror’s mental state even worse.