Life in the Iron Mills | Study Guide

Rebecca Harding Davis

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Life in the Iron Mills | Characters

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Hugh Wolfe Hugh Wolfe is a puddler at the iron mill. He is an uneducated Welsh immigrant who has the eye of an artist. Read More
Deborah Deborah is Hugh's hunchbacked cousin. She is a "picker in some of the cotton-mills." Read More
Narrator The unnamed narrator lives in the Wolfes' house 30 years after Hugh's arrest and suicide. Read More
Kirby Kirby is the son of one of the mill owners. He takes some guests on a tour of the iron mill. Read More
Clarke Clarke is the overseer of the iron mill. He is only concerned with numbers and productivity.
Haley Haley is the jailer at the city jail where Hugh and Deborah are incarcerated.
Joe Hill Joe Hill is a mill worker who is recognized by Wolfe from his jail cell.
Janey Janey is a young, pretty Irish girl who takes refuge with the Wolfes. She arouses Hugh's interest and Deborah's envy.
Doctor May Doctor May is one of the town's physicians. He is one of Kirby's guests on the tour of the iron mill.
Mitchell Mitchell is one of Kirby's guests on the tour of the iron mill. He is Kirby's brother-in-law and takes an interest in Wolfe's art.
Old Wolfe Old Wolfe is Hugh's father. He spends most of his time drinking.
Preacher The preacher speaks of redemption, but his language is too difficult for a common worker like Wolfe to understand.
Quaker woman The Quaker woman comes to take care of Wolfe after his death. She represents the reform movement and offers Wolfe his human dignity and Deborah a better life.
Reporter The reporter is one of Kirby's guests on the tour of the iron mill.
Neff Sanders Neff Sanders is a worker who is recognized by Wolfe during his incarceration.
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