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Sons and Lovers | Characters

Character Description
Paul Morel Paul Morel is the artistic third child in the Morel family. The second half of the novel focuses on Paul's sexual awakening and search for passion. Read More
Gertrude Morel Gertrude Morel is the mother of Paul and William and suffocates them with her obsessive love. Gertrude jealously guards her sons' affections, which prevents them from finding true happiness. Read More
Miriam Leivers Miriam is the "swine girl" Paul befriends while recuperating from illness. They seem destined for romance but have different views of passion and commitment. Read More
Clara Dawes Clara Dawes is the sensual older woman Paul has an affair with after breaking up with Miriam. Read More
William Morel William Morel is the oldest child in the Morel family and the initial focus of Mrs. Morel's obsessive love. Read More
Baxter Dawes Baxter Dawes is Clara's estranged husband, who, when he sees that Clara has taken Paul as a lover, jealously attacks him. Paul actually becomes close with Dawes, and Clara goes back to him after fever threatens his health.
Louisa Lily Denys Western Louisa Lily Denys Western is the uneducated, middle-class girl from London to whom William gets engaged. He questions the engagement when he sees the way Lily treats his family, and he dies before they are married.
Fanny Fanny is the hunchback Paul befriends at Jordan's factory, where he works. Fanny organizes the gift for Paul's birthday, which is a major scene in the novel.
John Field John Field is friends with Mrs. Morel when she is a young woman. He gives her a Bible, which she treasures.
Mr. Heaton Mr. Heaton is the clergyman who visits Mrs. Morel after Paul's birth. Mr. Morel is jealous of the way Mrs. Morel acts when Mr. Heaton is around.
Thomas Jordan Thomas Jordan is the owner of the factory where Paul, Baxter, Fanny, and Clara work.
Annie Morel Annie Morel is the second child in the Morel family. Unlike her brothers, Annie studies hard, becomes a nurse, and settles into a quiet, domestic life. She helps Paul end their mother's life at the end of the novel.
Arthur Morel Arthur Morel is the youngest child in the Morel family. He is an angry, impulsive youth who joins the army and then begs his mother to help get him out.
Walter Morel Walter Morel is the patriarch of the Morel family. He is a hard-drinking, often violent coal miner who swings between abusing his family and feeling guilty for hurting them.
Jerry Purdy Jerry Purdy is Mr. Morel's mining friend. They hike together around Nottingham before Mr. Morel falls ill.
Mrs. Radford Mrs. Radford is Clara's meddling mother who refuses to leave Paul and Clara alone when he spends the night.
Beatrice Wyld Beatrice is a friend of Arthur's who teases Paul and Miriam for their flirtatious relationship, embarrassing them.
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