I have to write a summary of the poem 'Jabberwocky' by Lewis Carroll. There is a person in it who is talking but is not the narrator. What do I call this character?
Only two stanzas of the poem "Jabberwocky" have direct quotations in them—the rest is narration. Here are the two pieces that contain those quotations:
"Beware the Jabberwock, my son!
The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun
The frumious Bandersnatch!"
"And hast thou slain the Jabberwock?
Come to my arms, my beamish boy!
O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!"
He chortled in his joy.
These excerpts indicate that the speaker is male (owing to the line, "He chortled...") and that he has a relationship of some intimacy with the Jabberwock's future slayer, whom he refers to in the first stanza as "my son" and in the second as "my boy"). But beyond that, there is no clue as to the speaker's identity.
To distinguish the person who is responsible for the direct quotations from the narrator of the rest of the poem, I would call the former the "quoted speaker" and the later "the narrator," but I would also dedicate a sentence to explaining which parts of the poem belong to each personage.