Study Guide

Jude the Obscure Characters

By Thomas Hardy

Jude Fawley

In the beginning, Jude's tale has the makings of a real rags-to-riches story. Jude is a classic...

Sue Bridehead

Sue Bridehead remains a pretty tough nut to crack: even her creator, Thomas Hardy himself...

Arabella Donn

Whew. Arabella is a piece of work. She is so selfish, thoughtless, and manipulative that it's...

Richard Phillotson

Richard Phillotson kicks off the novel. He leaves his job as schoolmaster in the small town where...

Little Father Time

Little Father Time doesn't show up until really late in the novel, but boy does he make his role...

The Advisors: Aunt Drusilla, Mrs. Edlin, Gillingham

These three characters—Jude and Sue's aunt Drusilla, the widow Mrs. Edlin, and Phillotson's...