The Jilting of Granny Weatherall by Katherine Anne Porter

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Characters

(Short Stories for Students)

George
George is the man who jilted Granny Weatherall, abandoning her at the altar on what was to be their wedding day when she was twenty. She eventually married another man, had a family, and convinced herself that she had put the pain of being "jilted" behind her. However, she kept letters from George in her attic all her life, and sixty years later his memory still has the power to upset her.

Hapsy
Hapsy is the youngest and apparently the favorite of Granny Weatherall's daughters—"the one she had truly wanted." Yet Hapsy also seems to cause her mother the greatest disappointment. Granny Weatherall asks for Hapsy five times during the story, but Hapsy never comes to her mother's deathbed. In her delirious state of mind. Granny mistakes her other daughters, Cornelia and Lydia, for Hapsy. At one point, Granny seems to confuse even herself with Hapsy, as a memory of Hapsy holding a baby comes back to her: Granny "seemed to herself to be Hapsy also, and the baby on Hapsy's arm was Hapsy and himself and herself, all at once, and there was no surprise in the meeting." Some critics have interpreted this memory of Hapsy as the sign of salvation that Granny seems to be looking for throughout the story.

John
John is the man whom Granny Weatherall married and with whom she had children. He has been dead for a long time, and though Granny still feels close to him, she is...

(The entire section is 478 words.)