Study Guide

Gilead Characters

By Marilynne Robinson

John Ames

Old and frail, pious and learned, John Ames hasn't much time left in his life—but he has a...

John Ames (Jack) Boughton

Jack is the bad-boy son of Robert Boughton, who named him after his friend John Ames.Now in his...

Lila Ames

Lila comes to Gilead unexpectedly one day. She starts attending services at Ames's church, and...

John Ames, Sr.

Ames's father, also named John Ames and also a preacher, had a powerful effect on our...

Grandfather John Ames

Ames's grandfather was a man of great generosity and fiery passion: My grandfather never...

The Son

We don't get to know Ames's son very well, but he's only six, and he does what most six-year-olds...

Edward Ames

Edward is Ames's older brother by ten years. Dead by the time Ames is writing his letter, the...

Robert Boughton

Once tall and impressive, Robert Boughton has become frail in his old age—frailer than...

Glory

Glory is the youngest child of Robert Boughton, recently returned home after being abandoned by...

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