First of all, there are a lot of men and women in the novel, it’s about 112 characters according to the list at the beginning of the book. And every character is very important for understanding what was going on those days, this novel is much like a puzzle, a puzzle of human soul, of psychology in politics. But still I can hardly remember a half of them.
But there are some characters who play a very active role in the novel. It is female characters.
And the first one I’m going to talk about is Pat Nixon, wife of the President Richard Nixon.
In the novel she has an affair, but still refuses to leave her husband and support him in this difficult situation. She was a woman totally devoted to her daughters and her husband.
But one of the most remarkable characters for me is Rose Mary Woods, she was so passionate in fulfilling her duty to protect her boss, Richard Nixon, she hates everyone who has something against Nixon, and do everything she can to help Nixon, I think is one of those strong, centered executive secretaries, a disappearing breed totally dedicated to their bosses, deeply knowledgeable about their businesses, and knowing who should and should not have access, Her comments are always on point. “You need to destroy John Dean,” she tells the president at Camp David. “And you need to get rid of those tapes.”
Sometimes I thought she would give her life for him if it would help him to get out of this scandal.