Miss Lonelyhearts | Study Guide

Nathanael West

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Miss Lonelyhearts | Characters

Character Description
Miss Lonelyhearts Miss Lonelyhearts is a newspaper reporter who volunteered to write the paper's advice column, which is titled "Miss Lonelyhearts." Read More
Shrike Willie Shrike is the feature editor of the New York Post-Dispatch. Read More
Betty Betty is a good-natured woman who is engaged to Miss Lonelyhearts. Read More
Peter Doyle Peter Doyle, 41 years old, is one of Miss Lonelyhearts's letter writers, and a gas meter reader whose disability causes him to suffer. Read More
Fay Doyle Fay Doyle, one of Miss Lonelyhearts's letter writers, is sure she was meant for a better life than the one she has. Read More
Broad Shoulders Broad Shoulders is one of Miss Lonelyhearts's letter writers. She is separated from an insanely cruel man, but she considers taking him back because she is so poor.
Desperate Desperate is one of Miss Lonelyhearts's letter writers. She is a 16-year-old girl who was born without a nose.
Miss Farkis Miss Farkis works in a bookstore and has some ambitions as a writer. She sometimes dates Shrike, who is married.
Ned Gates Ned Gates is a friend of Miss Lonelyhearts's. Together they torment George B. Simpson.
Goldsmith Goldsmith works at the New York Post-Dispatch. He writes Miss Lonelyhearts's column when Miss Lonelyhearts is too sick and hungover to do it.
Jake Jake is the bartender at Delehanty's, a speakeasy.
Harold S. Harold S. is one of Miss Lonelyhearts's few male letter writers. He is a teenager who worries about his deaf-mute sister, who might be pregnant.
Mrs. Shrike Mary Shrike is attractive and flirtatious, but she refuses to have sex with Miss Lonelyhearts. Shrike claims she also refuses to have sex with him.
George B. Simpson Simpson is an old man whom Miss Lonelyhearts and Ned abuse one night.
Sick-of-it-all Sick-of-it-all is one of Miss Lonelyhearts's letter writers. She suffers from a painful kidney condition, caused, she believes, by having seven children in 12 years. She would like to terminate her current pregnancy, but she and her husband are religious.
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