Esther Greenwood The "I" of The Bell Jar. Buddy Willard Esther's boyfriend, the son of one of her mother's friends. Buddy is a student at Yale; he plans to be a doctor. Doreen The glamorous, sexy, fiction contest winner from the South. She and Esther meet in New York City, where Doreen tries to help Esther with clothes and men. Jay Cee Editor of Ladies' Day magazine; she is Esther's boss in New York City. Jay Cee is somewhat dowdy, but a competent professional woman. Betsy The Ladies' Day winner from the Midwest. Bright and ingenuous, Betsy becomes a model. As Esther's "innocent" friend, Betsy lends her a skirt and blouse for Esther's trip home. Gladys Waitress on the Cape. Buddy Willard has an affair with her.
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