Study Guide

The Wings of the Dove Characters

By Henry James

Kate Croy

We open the book with Kate in a room waiting (and waiting and waiting) for her dad to show up. We...

Milly Theale

About halfway through the novel, we find out that Milly is the "dove" that Henry James is talking...

Merton Densher

Merton Densher is an attractive and charming young man who's in love with Kate Croy. The problem...

Susan Stringham

Susan Stringham is an aging woman who wants to bask in the reflected glory of the beautiful young...

Aunt Maud Lowder

Aunt Maud is a rich, snobbish old lady who likes to meddle in the affairs of the people around...

Lord Mark

At first Lord Mark seems like a pleasant enough guy. Aunt Maud wants him to be Kate's future...

Lionel Croy

Lionel Croy is without doubt the worst human in this book. Scratch that: he's the worst thing in...

Sir Luke Strett

If Lionel Croy is the most despicable man in this book, Sir Luke Strett is the most moral and...

Eugenio

Ah, good old Eugenio, the all-star of European servants. Sure, there are tons of servants in this...