Study Guide

A Lesson Before Dying Characters

By Ernest J. Gaines

Grant Wiggins

Professor Wiggins, as he's called, is the most educated black man in the quarter. He's been to...

Jefferson

Jefferson is a kid with really bad luck. He skips a hunting trip one day and ends up with two...

Miss Emma

A big, sweet, old woman, Miss Emma has taken care of Jefferson his whole life as his godmother...

Tante Lou

A tough old lady who doesn't show her love through hugs and kisses, but rather through cooking...

Reverend Mose Ambrose

This guy sure knows how to push Grant's buttons. And vice versa. Mose, being a religious man, has...

Vivian Baptiste

Talk about hot for teacher. Vivian is Grant's main squeeze. She's married but separated, trying...

Brother and Bear

These bad news bears are the ones that get Jefferson into so much trouble. They were up to no...

Edna Guidy

Henri Pichot's sister and the sheriff's wife, Edna is Miss Emma's ace in the hole for getting...

Farrell Jarreau

He's pretty old to be an errand boy, but that's his function. He runs back and forth from the big...

Henri Pichot

The big cheese, the boss man, Henri is the guy who lives in the big house that everyone else...

Inez Lane

Inez took over where Miss Emma left off as cook and housekeeper in Pichot's house. She is a...

Louis Rougon

Rougon doesn't exactly live at the plantation; his home is a few miles away. He does spend an...

Alcee Gropé

Mr. Gropé is the white shopkeeper who ends up on the wrong end of Brother and Bear`s gun....

Joe and Thelma Claiborne

He's at the bar, she's at the café, and everybody's got all the refreshments they could...

Deputy Paul Bonin

It's mentioned over and over that Paul is from "good stock", which basically means that his...

Dr. Joseph Morgan

Dr. Joseph isn't exactly part of the law, but he fits into this category because he represents...

Sheriff Sam Guidy

The sheriff is Edna's husband and Henri Pichot's brother-in-law. He tries to keep a handle on...