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William Bankes in To the Lighthouse

By Virginia Woolf

William Bankes

William is friends with Mr. Ramsay, and thus he warrants an invitation to the summer house. The man is a childless widower who clearly adores Mrs. Ramsay while maintaining a friendship with Lily. His perspective on Mr. Ramsay is especially valuable because he knew Mr. Ramsay in his youth, before a wife and eight kids.