Washington Square Questions and Answers
by Henry James

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Who are the characters in Washington Square? I mean what is their description?

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There are four principal characters who drive Washington Square, which is a classic work of James's early period.

Catherine Sloper, as the novel begins, is a shy, sensitive, loving, plain, and somewhat naive young woman, who has been raised in at atmosphere of wealth. She resides with her father and aunt in a fine house in Washington Square—a highly fashionable address in mid-19th century New York. As the novel progresses, she gains in wisdom and maturity but only at the cost of great pain.

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Catherine, Dr. Sloper, Mrs. Penniman, and Morris Townsend. Dr. Sloper's sister, Mrs. Almond, and Townsend's sister, Mrs. Montgomery