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Study the word list: SQA English: Short stories by Iain Crichton Smith

Key characters from the short stories by Iain Crichton Smith. Set texts for both SQA Higher and SQA National 5 English.

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Murdo
The Red Door: Murdo is the main character.
Mary
The Red Door: Mary captures Murdo's interest.
Sarah
The Telegram: Sarah is the jealous fat woman in Iain Crichton Smith's story.
MacLeod
The Telegram: MacLeod is the church elder.
John
Mother and Son: John is the emotionally immature son bound to look after his bed ridden mother in ‘Mother and Son’.
mother
Mother and Son: The mother in ‘Mother and Son’ is bedridden and self-obsessed.
lieutenant
In Church: Lieutenant Colin MacLeod is a british soldier and the main character in Iain Crichton Smith’s ‘In Church’.
Roderick
The Painter: Red Roderick is an aggressive drunkard who is still somehow accepted by the village community .
William
The Painter: William is the painter in the short story of the same name. The villagers reject him for painting an honest picture of the village.
Mackinnon
The Crater: Mackinnon is a young officer in World War One. He is the main character in this grisly tale.
sergeant
The Crater: Sergeant Smith is the more experienced and resilient soldier in the story.
Morrison
The Crater: Morrison serves as a grisly reminder of the atrocities of war; he is described as a ‘monster of the deep’.

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