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Henry D. Barnard
Another one of the high jacked passengers, Barnard is an American whose name is actually Chalmers Bryant, a financier who had stolen 100 million dollars and then had disappeared. He eventually decides to stay at Shangri-La and offer his services to prospect the gold there and make it available to improve the life in the lamasery and the valley.
Miss Roberta Brinklow
She is a missionary who also ends up on the hijacked flight. She is a determined woman who believes it is Providence that she ends up in the valley. She wants to stay there and preach Christianity to the people of the valley. This is acceptable to the lamasery which believes in being moderate and exploring all things in life.
A Chinese man who leads the travelers into Shangri-La, he is also an initiate of the lamasery and provides support to the travelers when they need comfort. He answers as many questions as possible that they may have, and he speaks highly of Conway to the High Lama.
He is the French friar who comes to the lamasery in 1719 and is still alive in 1930. He comes to know Conway and believes that he is the successor he has been waiting for. He tells Conway the story of Shangri-La and teaches him many lessons about the purpose of the lamasery, and why the four travelers had been brought there.
An upper-class Manchu, Lo-Tsen is seemingly a young girl who is very beautiful and attracts the attentions of all the men around her. She seems to show them little romantic interest and acts content to play piano and be a part of the mystery of Shangri-La. Later, however, she falls in love with Mallinson and loses her youth when she follows him out of the valley.
A novelist who is a friend of the narrator, he is the first to hear Conway’s story and writes it down after listening to Conway for twenty-four straight hours. He later goes in search of the man when he once again disappears.
This character, a neurologist, remains nameless, but ties the plot together by reading the manuscript Rutherford had written to tell Conway’s story.
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