is an imposing ruler. Having been born to his royal position and educated only in preparation for the throne, his range of experience is very limited. He has a commanding presence, speaks forcefully, stands solidly on both feet, can be extremely gruff in expressing himself, while also having a keen sense of humor.
Anna Leonowens is an English schoolteacher who is intelligent, poised, strong-wiled and cultured. Her husband died six years ago leaving her with a young son. A well-educated and patient teacher, she expresses her opinions in a polite but firm manner.
Ying is the narrator of the story. Ying as a child – Princess Ying Yaowalak – is another character in the story. She is a daughter of the King and was one of Anna's students thirty years earlier. As she narrates the story, she is looking back on her childhood.
Lady Thiang is the King's head wife and mother of Prince Chulalongkorn. She is dignified, humble, dependable and efficient.
Louis Leonowens is Anna's son. He is smart and inquisitive, open to and fascinated by new experiences. His father died several years ago and he is very close to and protective of