The Jilting of Granny Weatherall | Study Guide

Katherine Anne Porter

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The Jilting of Granny Weatherall | Characters

Character Description
Ellen Weatherall Ellen Weatherall, often called Granny or Mother, is an 80-year-old woman who has spent her life taking care of her children and farm after being widowed. She is a strong, confident woman, but her greatest losses in life were being jilted as a young woman and losing Hapsy, whom she loved. Read More
Cornelia Cornelia is a dutiful, obedient daughter who suffers from grief and anxiety as her mother's health deteriorates. Read More
George George was a man who backed out of an engagement with Ellen by leaving his fiancée standing at the altar alone. Read More
Hapsy Hapsy was a young woman beloved to Ellen who lost her life in childbirth. Read More
John John, Ellen's deceased husband, was a loyal, dependable man who died young. Read More
Father Connolly Father Connolly is a Catholic priest who is close to his parishioners.
Doctor Harry Doctor Harry is a young physician with a condescending bedside manner.
Ellen's father Ellen's father was an unnamed man who lived for over a century and enjoyed shocking people by attributing his longevity to drinking hot toddies.
Jimmy Jimmy, one of Ellen's children, is a man who recognizes his mother's business sense and asks for her advice.
Lydia Lydia, one of Ellen's children, is a woman and mother who values her mother's advice on her own sometimes wayward children. Ellen thinks Lydia's husband, who does not appear in the story, is worthless.
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