Study Guide

Adam Bede Characters

By George Eliot

Adam Bede

This isn't any old character summary—this is a summary for Adam Bede, in a novel titled...

Dinah Morris

Dinah's awesome. She's wicked smart. She has a lot of common sense. She's not afraid to defend...

Arthur Donnithorne

Before there was Captain America, or Captain Crunch, or any of those jokers, there was…...

Hetty Sorrel

Hetty Sorrel is a very pretty girl, and an efficient-enough dairymaid. But she isn't particularly...

Seth Bede

There isn't much that's massively wrong with Seth's life. And yet, despite his dreamy, helpful,...

Rev. Adolphus Irwine

Mr. Irwine is a dignified, prosperous, learned man: a Reverend in the Church of England. Okay. So...

Lisbeth Bede

Oh, Lisbeth. She annoys Adam. She cries too much. She believes that you can solve plenty of...

Rachel Poyser

"I am Poyser, hear me roar!" Okay, okay, so maybe a contented farmer's wife like Mrs. Poyser...

Bartle Massey

In Hayslope, you don't have Mr. Rogers or Sesame Street. You've got this guy. What with his gruff...

Martin Poyser

Martin Poyser is one of the pillars of the Hayslope farming community. He's also Hetty's...

Mr. Craig

Mr. Craig is a longwinded Scottish gardener… and he's as interested in Hetty as Adam is....

Totty

Every time Totty pops up, Adam Bede reads like a 19th-century version of Rugrats. Just take it...

Bessy Cranage

Does anything good ever happen to Bessy Cranage? She's a pretty, slightly dimwitted, apparently...

Joshua Rann

Joshua Rann isn't a bad guy. He has good manners, owns a respectable shoemaking business, loves...

Other Prominent Villagers

When we say prominent here, we don't mean "face on a billboard" prominent. Rather, these are...