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To the Lighthouse

To the Lighthouse

by Virginia Woolf

William Bankes

Character Analysis

William is friends with Mr. Ramsay, and thus he warrants an invitation to the summer house. The man is a childless widower who clearly adores Mrs. Ramsay while maintaining a friendship with Lily. His perspective on Mr. Ramsay is especially valuable because he knew Mr. Ramsay in his youth, before a wife and eight kids.

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