List of Characters
Dorothea Brooke (Dodo)—Celia's older sister; married to Casaubon until his death, during which time she lived at Lowick Manor; later marries Ladislaw; lived with her uncle and sister at Brooke's home, Tipton Grange, until her marriage, at age 20, to Casaubon.
Celia Brooke (Kitty)—Dorothea's younger sister; marries Chettam and moves to his home, Freshitt Hall, after having lived with her uncle and sister at Tipton Grange; the mother of the baby, Arthur
Brooke—Dorothea and Cella's uncle; member of the board of the new fever hospital; friend of Casaubon for more than ten years.
Ladislaw—Casaubon's second cousin; Dorothea's second husband; Bulstrode's secret stepgrandson via Bulstrode's first wife; close friend of the Lydgates, works for Brooke; newly arrived to the area from Rome, where he had been studying art.
Lydgate—Innovative young doctor who is new to the area; studied medicine in Paris; marries Rosamond; befriends the also newly arrived Ladislaw; chief medical superintendent of the new hospital.
Rosamond (Rosy)—Daughter of Vincy; sister of Fred; married to Lydgate; niece through marriage of Bulstrode; niece of Featherstone.
Bulstrode—Banker; secret step-grandfather of Ladislaw via his first wife; head of the board of the new fever hospital; brother-in-law to Vincy via his wife, Harriet; uncle to Fred and Rosamond; calls his home "The Shrubs"; bought Stone Court from Joshua...
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Characters Discussed (Cyclopedia of Literary Characters, Revised Third Edition)
Dorothea “Dodo” Brooke
Dorothea “Dodo” Brooke, the sensitive and well-bred heroine, who, in her desire to devote herself to something meaningful, marries an arid clerical scholar, Edward Casaubon. After Casaubon’s death, Dorothea, against the advice of friends and family, marries Will Ladislaw, an impulsive artist anad political thinker. Dorothea also befriends the progressive young doctor of Middlemarch, Tertius Lydgate.
The Reverend Edward Casaubon
The Reverend Edward Casaubon, the clergyman at Lowick, near Middlemarch. Casaubon is a gloomy, severe, unimaginative, and unsuccessful scholar who soon destroys Dorothea’s enthusiasm. He is so jealous of Dorothea’s friendship with his cousin, Will Ladislaw, that he adds a codicil to his will depriving Dorothea of his property should she marry his younger relative.
Will Ladislaw, Casaubon’s young cousin, whose English heritage is mixed with alien Polish blood. Ladislaw is forceful, imaginative, energetic, and unconventional. An artist and a liberal, he represents an appropriate object of devotion for Dorothea, although many in Middlemarch are shocked by his views. After marrying Dorothea, he becomes a member of Parliament.
Celia “Kitty” Brooke
Celia “Kitty” Brooke, Dorothea’s younger sister, a calm and placid young lady. She has none of Dorothea’s aspirations, but she is...
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Mr. Brooke, a bachelor of sixty and owner of Tipton Grange, is a justice of the peace. In this capacity, he sentences poor people, without consideration or mercy, who poach illegally because they are starving. In family matters, he is well meaning, though ineffectual. Mr. Brooke is the guardian of his orphaned nieces, Dorothea and Celia Brooke.
Mr. Brooke is said "to have contracted a too rambling habit of mind"; indeed, his speech is vacuous, filled with phrases which in their recommendation of moderation betray his lack of information and refusal to take a position. He faults Mr. Casaubon for not expressing ideas, but Mr. Brooke himself rarely hits upon one. Still, his claim that scholarship can take one "too far" is valid regarding Casaubon.
Mr. Brooke aspires briefly to a seat in the House of Commons. With reform opinions in the wind, he purports to run on a liberal platform, but locals recognize how stingy he is regarding tenants on his own property and how he endlessly postpones making improvements. Self-deluding and dim-witted, Mr. Brooke believes he has more astute insights than he is capable of expressing. When he is mocked by a crowd and pelted with eggs, he retires from the campaign, claiming a heart condition, and flees to Europe supposedly for a rest.
Dorothea Brooke's younger sister, seventeen-year-old Celia Brooke does not share her...
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