Characters Discussed (Cyclopedia of Literary Characters, Revised Third Edition)
Maisie Farange, the neglected daughter of divorced and irresponsible parents. Shuttled back and forth between her father and mother, Maisie at first lacks moral perception, although she herself is incorruptibly innocent. Then, under the tutelage of Mrs. Wix, she grows in moral and intellectual sense, rejects the immorality of her stepparents, and chooses to live with Mrs. Wix.
Mrs. Wix, a governess employed to replace Miss Overmore. Mrs. Wix alone seems concerned for Maisie’s welfare. Refusing to condone the immorality around her, she is the moral influence in the young girl’s environment.
Sir Claude, Ida Farange’s second husband. Genuinely interested in Maisie, Sir Claude most nearly approaches the fatherly role. He is unable, however, to end his affair with Mrs. Farange (Miss Overmore), and Maisie refuses to live with them.
Miss Overmore, Maisie’s governess, later the second Mrs. Beale Farange. After she tires of her husband, she begins an affair with Sir Claude, who is captivated by her beauty. She does not love Maisie, but she feels that she can hold Sir Claude through his devotion to the girl.
Ida Farange, Maisie’s mother. Divorced from Beale Farange, Ida marries Sir Claude but soon loses interest in her daughter and husband. She turns Maisie over to him and goes out of their lives.
Beale Farange, Maisie’s father. After his divorce, Beale marries Miss Overmore, but they soon tire of each other. Beale goes to America and out of the story.