Study Guide

The Danish Girl Characters

By David Ebershoff

Einar Wegener/Lili Elbe

Before we explore this character, we'd like to pause to make sure we're all on the same page. As...

Greta Wegener

Greta isn't like most wives. After all, most wives don't have husbands who want to be wives, but...

Baron Hans Axgil

Hans is Einar's childhood friend who grows up to be good friends with Greta and Lili. He's tall...

Carlisle Waud

Carlisle is basically Greta, but male, and along this line, he shares her traits of forgiveness...

Henrik Sandahl

In any other novel, Henrik would be classified as Male Love Interest. We wouldn't even remember...

Teddy Cross

We only see Teddy through flashback, but he provides us with greater understand of Greta and her...

Professor Alfred Bolk

Professor Bolk is the good doctor who performs Einar's gender reassignment surgery. Although...

Anna Fonsmark

Anna is too busy singing opera to be a major character, but she appears at two critical moments...