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Sister Carrie

Sister Carrie

by Theodore Dreiser

Sister Carrie Characters

Meet the Cast


Carrie Meeber

What's Her Name, Again? We sure do meet a lot of Carries in this novel—the girl goes through three different names by the time we've closed the book (sheesh). There's Carrie Meeber, the timid, na...

George Hurstwood

Of all the characters in Sister Carrie, Hurstwood probably undergoes the most dramatic change (including the ultimate change, as he goes from living to dead). That suave chick-magnet who we meet in...

Charles Drouet

Like Carrie and Hurstwood, Drouet is a type. Specifically, Drouet is a drummer (a.k.a. travelling salesman) and (thanks to our narrator) we all know what that means: Lest this order of individual s...

Bob Ames

So Bob Ames (Mrs. Vance's cousin) doesn't get all that much stage time, but he's a pretty important minor character due to his demeanor, views, and influence on Carrie. We find out right off the ba...

Julia Hurstwood

Julia Hurstwood is George Hurstwood's wife. Like Drouet, she's basically a wannabe, longing to be part of the upper echelons of society: Mrs. Hurstwood was the type of the woman who has ever endeav...

Mrs. Vance

Mrs. Vance lives across the hall from Carrie and Hurstwood's New York apartment. She and her husband are fairly well off, and Carrie is seriously envious of her extensive wardrobe and jewelry colle...

Minnie Hanson

Minnie is Carrie's older sister, with whom Carrie stays when she first gets to Chicago. A new mom, Minnie and her husband, Sven, live a simple life devoid of luxuries. Marriage to Sven, it seems, h...

Sven Hanson

Sven is Minnie's husband (a.k.a. Carrie's brother-in-law), and he's a hard-working, frugal guy: [Sven] was of a clean, saving disposition, and had already paid a number of monthly installments on t...

Mrs. Hale

Mrs. Hale is one of Carrie and Drouet's neighbors in their Chicago apartment. Mrs. Hale is obsessed with wealth and rich people (though she and her husband Mr. Hale are of modest means).Spending ti...

Minor Characters

Lola OsbourneLola is an actress and Carrie's friend, and the two eventually become roommates. Jessica Hurstwood Jessica is Hurstwood's teenage daughter. She's kind of a spoiled brat, obsessed with...
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