Study Guide

Mrs Dalloway Characters

By Virginia Woolf

Mrs Dalloway (Clarissa)

It's no surprise that Clarissa Dalloway is our main protagonist – heck, the book is named...

Septimus Warren Smith

Septimus is a shell-shocked World War I soldier. He’s a unique figure in literature because...

Peter Walsh

Peter is Clarissa’s old suitor from the days of Bourton. He’s lives in India, but has...

Sally Seton (Lady Rosseter)

Sally is Clarissa’s friend from the days of Bourton. Theirs was a very deep friendship that...

Sir William Bradshaw (Dr Bradshaw)

Sir William Bradshaw is the character who most embodies British upper-class patriarchal...

Richard Dalloway

Mr Dalloway is around in part to give Mrs Dalloway an identity. After all, without him, she's...

Miss Kilman

Miss Doris Kilman is in love with Elizabeth, an attraction that Clarissa finds repulsive. So...

Lucrezia Smith (a.k.a. Rezia)

Rezia is Septimus' wife, who he met at the end of the war when he was staying at her home in...

Elizabeth Dalloway

Often compared to a beautiful flower, Elizabeth is the beloved daughter of Clarissa and Richard....

Lady Millicent Bruton

A woman with an impressive family tree and all the right social and political connections,...

Hugh Whitbread

Hugh is an old friend of Clarissa. He's in town taking his ailing wife to see doctors, and...

Dr Holmes

Dr Holmes is Septimus’ thoroughly unsympathetic general practitioner, who believes that...

Evans

Evans is Septimus' friend and an officer in the war, who died just before the war ended. His...

Helena Perry (Aunt Helena)

Now past age eighty, Clarissa’s Aunt Helena spent summers with the family at Bourton. Peter...

Ellie Henderson

Ellie is Clarissa’s painfully geeky, dull (and poor) cousin, whom Clarissa reluctantly...

Daisy Simmons

Daisy is Peter Walsh’s married lover in India. Scandalous! Peter is actually in London to...

Evelyn Whitbread (a.k.a. The Honorable Evelyn)

Evelyn is Hugh Whitbread’s ailing wife who lives in a nursing home. Though Clarissa...

Mr Brewer

Mr Brewer is the managing clerk and Septimus’ boss at "Sibleys and Arrowsmiths,...

Mrs Filmer

Mrs Filmer is the Smiths’ neighbor, whose daughter, Mrs Peters, is expecting a baby. Rezia...