Flay; drawing by Mervyn Peake Flay: Christopher Lee

"Flay, the cadaverous and taciturn, his knee joints reporting his progress at every spider-like step...[is] a traditionalist of the old school...[His] angers when the Law is flouted are uprisings of a hot loyalty that blinds him."

Man-servant to Lord Sepulchrave, 76th Earl of Groan, he shares the latter's taciturnity, though not his melancholy -- Flay is too rigid of mind for such emotions, his only passion is his service to Gormenghast, and especially to the Earl himself.

Flay is played by Christopher Lee in the BBC series

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