Winesburg, Ohio | Study Guide

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George Willard George Willard is a young man who appears in most of the stories. He is a reporter for the local newspaper. Read More
Elizabeth Willard Elizabeth Willard is George Willard's mother, and Tom Willard's wife. She appears as a major character in the stories "Mother" and "Death." Read More
Doctor Reefy Doctor Reefy is one of Winesburg's local doctors, who appears in the stories "Paper Pills" and "Death." He admires, and is friends with, Elizabeth Willard and her son, George. Read More
Helen White Helen White is the attractive young daughter of a wealthy banker. She appears in the stories "The Thinker," "Drink," "Sophistication," and "Departure." Read More
Kate Swift Kate Swift is a schoolteacher. She appears in the stories "The Strength of God" and "The Teacher." Read More
Curtis Hartman Curtis Hartman is the pastor of the local church. He appears in the stories "The Strength of God" and "The Teacher." Read More
Tom Willard Tom Willard is the owner of the town's hotel, the New Willard House. He is George Willard's father, and husband to Elizabeth Willard, and appears in the stories "Mother," "The Thinker," "Death," and "Departure." Read More
Katherine Bentley Katherine Bentley is Jesse Bentley's wife, and mother of Louise. She is a character in "Part 1" of "Godliness: A Tale in Four Parts."
Jesse Bentley Jesse Bentley is a wealthy landowner and farmer. He is David Hardy's grandfather, and appears in "Part 1," "Part 2," and "Part 4|Terror" of "Godliness: A Tale in Four Parts."
Louise Bentley Louise Bentley (also Mrs. Hardy) is David Hardy's mother, and the main character in "Part 3|Surrender" of "Godliness: A Tale in Four Parts."
Wing Biddlebaum Wing Biddlebaum (aka Adolph Myers) is the main character in "Hands."
Belle Carpenter Belle Carpenter works in the millinery shop, and is a main character in "An Awakening."
Ebenezer Cowley Ebenezer Cowley is a merchant, and Elmer Cowley's father in "Queer."
Elmer Cowley Elmer Cowley is the main character in "Queer."
Ned Currie Ned Currie is a suitor to Alice Hindman in "Adventure."
Tom Foster Tom Foster is the main character in "Drink."
Ed Handby Ed Handby is the bartender in "An Awakening."
Tandy Hard Tandy Hard is Tom Hard's young daughter, and the main character in "Tandy."
Tom Hard Tom Hard is the agnostic father of Tandy Hard in "Tandy."
Albert Hardy Albert Hardy is the father of John Hardy, and a character in "Part 3|Surrender" of "Godliness: A Tale in Four Parts."
David Hardy David Hardy is the grandson of Jesse Bentley. He is the main character in "Part 4|Terror," and also appears in "Part 2 " of "Godliness: A Tale in Four Parts."
John Hardy John Hardy marries Louise Bentley. He is a character in "Part 3|Surrender" of "Godliness: A Tale in Four Parts."
Hop Higgins Hop Higgins is a former Civil War soldier who serves as the night watchman in Winesburg. He is a character in "The Teacher."
Alice Hindman Unmarried Alice Hindman is the main character in "Adventure."
Sarah King Sarah King is a character in "A Man of Ideas."
Tom Little Tom Little is the train conductor, and a character in "Departure."
Mook Mook is the half-witted farmhand in "Queer."
Old carpenter The old carpenter is a character in "The Book of the Grotesque."
Old writer The old writer is a character in "The Book of the Grotesque."
Doctor Parcival Doctor Parcival is the main character in "The Philosopher."
Ray Pearson Ray Pearson is a farmhand and friend of Hal Winters. He is a character in "The Untold Lie."
Seth Richmond Seth Richmond is a young man who wants to be a writer. He is the main character in "The Thinker."
Enoch Robinson Enoch Robinson is the main character in "Loneliness."
John Spaniard John Spaniard is the owner of a tree nursery in Winesburg, and is friends with Doctor Reefy. He is a character in "Paper Pills."
The stranger The stranger is a character in "Tandy."
Aunt Elizabeth Swift Aunt Elizabeth Swift is Kate Swift's mother. She is a character in "The Strength of God."
Louise Trunnion Louise Trunnion is one of George Willard's sweethearts, and a character in "Nobody Knows."
Joe Welling Joe Welling is an oil agent for Winesburg, and the main character in "A Man of Ideas."
Wife of Dr. Reefy The wife of Dr. Reefy is a character in "Paper Pills."
Wash Williams Wash Williams is the town telegraph operator, and the main character in "Respectability."
Hal Winters Hal Winters is a farm laborer, and a character in "The Untold Lie."
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