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Odour of Chrysanthemums | Study Guide

D. H. Lawrence

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Odour of Chrysanthemums | Characters

Character Description
Elizabeth Bates Tall and proud, with a rigid sense of social propriety, Elizabeth Bates, also "Lizzie," is the wife of Walter Bates and the main character in the story. Read More
John Bates John Bates is Elizabeth and Walter Bates's rebellious five-year-old son. Read More
Annie Bates Annie Bates, Elizabeth's older child, is sensitive to her mother's predicament. Read More
Old Mrs. Bates A 60-year-old woman, Old Mrs. Bates is the mother-in-law of Elizabeth Bates; she is referred to as Elizabeth's mother, the old mother, and the grandmother in the story. Read More
Walter Bates Walter, called Walt in the story, is the husband of Elizabeth Bates, and a collier known for going on drinking benders. Read More
A collier A collier is one of the men who carry Walter's body on a stretcher into the Bates' house.
The doctor The doctor pronounces Walter Bates dead and accompanies the miners to the Bates' home with the body.
Elizabeth's father Elizabeth's father, (also called the engine driver in the beginning of the story), a hale and practical man, plans to marry soon after his wife's death, desiring to resume the comforts of home.
Jim The other collier who carries Walter's body into the Bates' home on a stretcher.
Man from the pit He notifies Elizabeth and Old Mrs. Bates about Walter's death.
Matthews The pit manager, he directs the men who carry Walter's body into the Bates' home.
Jack Rigley A neighbor of the Bates', Mr. Rigley left Walter down in the pit at the end of the day and goes searching for him when Elizabeth Bates arrives at his house looking for her husband.
Mrs. Rigley Mrs. Rigley is the neighbor Elizabeth Bates encounters on her search for Walter Bates.
Unnamed woman In the opening scene of the story an unnamed woman is trapped between the passing train and a hedge.
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