Study Guide

Middlemarch Characters

By George Eliot

Dorothea Brooke

There are a lot of major characters in Middlemarch, and even more minor ones, but it's pretty...

Mr. Casaubon

Mr. Casaubon is a late middle-aged, curmudgeonly, self-absorbed scholar. That's all that most...

Will Ladislaw

Will Ladislaw might not be as complicated as Dorothea as a character, but he's still a tough nut...

Tertius Lydgate

There are an awful lot of characters in Middlemarch that have unrealistic or unattainable dreams,...

Rosamond Vincy

Rosamond Vincy competes with Dorothea as the major female character of the novel. Like Dorothea,...

Mary Garth

Mary's got something that the other two major female characters don't have: common sense. She's...

Fred Vincy

Fred Vincy is probably the least important of the seven major characters, simply because he's the...

Celia Brooke

Celia is Dorothea's younger sister, but the two of them couldn't be more different. Celia's not...

Sir James Chettam

Sir James Chettam is a neighbor of Mr. Brooke. He's a beefy-faced young man – a little too...

Mrs. Cadwallader

Mrs. Cadwallader is the town gossip. She's the busybody who tried to set up Dorothea with Sir...

Mr. Cadwallader

Mr. Cadwallader is the rector of Tipton, and a good friend of Mr. Brooke and Sir James Chettam....

Caleb Garth

Caleb Garth is Mary's father. He's honest, discreet, and hard working, and expects everyone...

Mr. Bulstrode

Mr. Bulstrode is a wealthy banker in Middlemarch. He's devoutly religious, and makes a big show...

Mrs. Bulstrode

Harriet Bulstrode is Mr. Bulstrode's wife and Mr. Vincy's sister. She's an odd character: she...

Mr. Farebrother

Mr. Farebrother is a vicar in Middlemarch. He's a fun guy to hang around – he likes biology...

Mr. Brooke

Mr. Brooke is the uncle of Dorothea and Celia. After their parents die (before the start of the...

Mr. Vincy

Mr. Vincy is Rosamond and Fred's father, and the brother of Mrs. Bulstrode. He's a prominent...

Mrs. Vincy

Mrs. Vincy is Rosamond and Fred's mother. She's plump and cheerful, but not very bright. Rosamond...

Mr. Featherstone

Mr. Featherstone is the owner of a huge estate called Stone Court. He's been married twice, and...

Mr. Raffles

Raffles is a minor character, but he's very important to the plot. He's the only person still...

Miss Noble

Miss Noble is Mr. Farebrother's unmarried aunt. She's a tiny woman whose biggest vice is stealing...

Mrs. Farebrother

Mrs. Farebrother is Mr. Farebrother's mother, not his wife; so don't let the name fool you. She's...

Mr. Bambridge

Mr. Bambridge is the Middlemarch horse dealer; he's kind of a scumbag. Think stereotypical used...

Sir Godwin Lydgate

Sir Godwin is Lydgate's wealthy uncle. After Lydgate's parents died, Lydgate was raised in part...

Captain Lydgate

Captain Lydgate is Sir Godwin's son and Lydgate's cousin. Rosamond is so proud to have the son of...

Naumann

Naumann is Will Ladislaw's artist friend in Rome. Naumann paints Mr. Casaubon as Saint Thomas...

Joshua Rigg Featherstone

Joshua Rigg is the frog-faced man who inherits Stone Court from Mr. Featherstone, to everyone's...

Mr. Trumbull

Mr. Trumbull is an auctioneer and real estate agent in Middlemarch. He's kind of a...