Study Guide

Odour of Chrysanthemums Characters

By D.H. Lawrence

Elizabeth Bates

Elizabeth is no doubt the protagonist of this tale. However, the story maintains a kind of...

Walter Bates

He's a miner and husband to Elizabeth/father to Annie and John. We never really get to "meet" him...

Annie Bates

She is Elizabeth and Walter's daughter and John's sister. She gets very concerned about her...

Mrs. Rigley

She is a neighbor of the Bateses. Her husband, Mr. Rigley, works (and drinks) with Mr. Bates.

Mr. Rigley

He is a neighbor of the Bateses. He goes to look for Walter as a favor. When he discovers that...

Matthews

He is the pit manager at the mine. When Walter's body is carried home, he comes along to help...

The Doctor

No, not that doctor. This guy is the one helps carry Walter's body home. Presumably, he was the...

The Mother in Law

In keeping with Lawrence's focus on family roles (as opposed to individual identity), Walter's...