Study Guide

The Woman in White Characters

By Wilkie Collins

Walter Hartright

Walter Hartright is a bit of a Renaissance man: he dabbles in everything. He's a modestly...

Laura Fairlie

Laura Fairlie is so passive that she nearly disappears from view. Even Walter recognizes that...

Marian Halcombe

We are unabashed fans of Marian Halcombe, and we aren't alone in our fandom. At the time the...

Count Fosco

From the descriptions we get of Count Fosco, he sounds something like an older Orson Welles or...

Sir Percival Glyde

Who is that masked man? In a little throwaway line, Walter reveals that Sir Percival really isn't...

Anne Catherick

A lot is made of The Woman in White being a suspenseful gothic novel. But the only really gothic...

Mr. Fairlie

Frederick Fairlie is definitely a horrible person. We can't decide if he's hilariously awful or...

Countess Fosco

Countess Fosco seems to be suffering from a severe case of Stockholm Syndrome, which has resulted...

Pesca

When we first meet Pesca, he's an energetic, kind-hearted Italian who provides a lot of (now...

Mr. Gilmore

Mr. Gilmore is the Fairlie family lawyer, and an all-around good guy. He tries to help Laura out...

Mr. Kyrle

Mr. Kyrle is a lawyer with a capital "L." For the most part, that's his only function. Marian...

Mrs. Clements

The Woman in White loves to focus on the way appearances can be deceiving. The charming Sir...

Mrs. Catherick

Mrs. Catherick could give Faye Dunaway in Mommie Dearest a run for her money. She is downright...