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Josiah Crawley is the curate of Hogglestock. He earns little and often falls behind in paying his bills. When he pays a bill with a check that seems to be stolen, he faces charges and goes to trial. Mrs. Proudie opposes his holding the living. After the situation is resolved by Mrs. Arabin, Crawley is moved to St. Ewold’s for a more profitable living.

Grace Crawley is Reverend Crawley’s daughter. She and Major Henry Grantly are in love. Their courtship is temporarily derailed by her father’s legal troubles, but they later marry.

Mary Crawley is Reverend Crawley’s wife, who stands by him thick and thin, making the best of his meager earnings.

Thomas Proudie is the bishop of Barchester. He brings Reverend Crawley up on charges at his wife’s insistence.

Mrs. Proudie, the bishop’s wife, is fiercely devoted to the Church. Her passion includes intruding into her husband’s professional affairs and her obsession with Reverend Crawley’s shortcomings. She later dies of a heart attack.

Major Henry Grantly is a retired military officer. His wife’s death left him to raise a young daughter. He persists in his desire to marry Grace Crawley despite his father’s opposition, even if their marriage would mean moving abroad. After her father is cleared, she finally accepts him, and they are married.

Archdeacon Theophilus Grantly, the archdeacon of Barchester, represents the wealthy and powerful portion of society. Siding against Reverend Crawley, he discourages his son from marrying Grace.

Susan Grantly is the archdeacon’s wife. She serves as mediator between father and son.

Francis Arabin, the dean of Barchester Cathedral, is a long-term friend of the Crawleys.

Eleanor Arabin, Francis’s wife, inadvertently causes the misunderstanding over the “stolen” money but later steps up to solve the problem. Her temporary inaccessibility while traveling in Europe causes considerable delay.

John Eames is Grace Crawley’s cousin who finds Mrs. Arabin in Italy.

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The Reverend Josiah Crawley

The Reverend Josiah Crawley, perpetual curate of Hogglestock, a poor parish. He is frequently unable to pay his bills from his meager living, and Dean Arabin often gives him money he is shy about taking. On one occasion, he pays a butcher’s bill with a stolen check and is brought before a magistrate’s court. The court decides on a full trial, for Crawley’s explanation is vague and contradictory. In addition, Mrs. Proudie attempts to have him removed from his living. Finally, John Eames reaches Mrs. Arabin, traveling in Europe, who completely exonerates Crawley and explains the stolen check. Crawley later receives the more profitable living of St. Ewold’s.

Grace Crawley

Grace Crawley, his daughter, in love with Major Henry Grantly. When Mr. Crawley is accused, Henry Grantly feels he must stick by Grace and, despite the fierce objection of his father, he proposes to her. Grace nobly refuses, but, after her father is cleared, she marries Henry.

Mrs. Mary Crawley

Mrs. Mary Crawley, the self-sacrificing wife of Mr. Crawley, who copes extremely well with his intransigence and eccentricity.

Bishop Thomas Proudie

Bishop Thomas Proudie, bishop of Barchester, a weak man who is harassed by his wife until he agrees to bring Mr. Crawley before a clerical commission.

Mrs. Proudie

Mrs. Proudie, wife of the bishop, who believes it her mission to uphold the honor of the Church. She persecutes Crawley and shames her husband by insisting on attending all his conferences. She dies of a heart attack.

Major Henry Grantly

Major Henry Grantly, a retired officer and widower with a small daughter. When his father opposes his plans to marry Grace Crawley, he is ready to sell his lodge and move to France.

Archdeacon Theophilus Grantly

Archdeacon Theophilus Grantly, archdeacon and wealthy ecclesiastical power in Barchester. He opposes his son’s marriage to Grace Crawley.

Susan Grantly

Susan Grantly, his wife, who tries to keep peace between husband and son.

Francis Arabin

Francis Arabin, dean of Barchester Cathedral, who has always befriended the Crawleys.

Eleanor Arabin

Eleanor Arabin, his wife, whose generosity in stuffing an additional twenty pounds into the envelope for Mr. Crawley inadvertently precipitates the events of the novel. When she hears of the trouble, she immediately returns to give evidence.

Lilian Dale (Lily)

Lilian Dale (Lily), a friend of Grace Crawley previously jilted by Adolphus Crosbie. Although Crosbie’s wife, Lady Alexandrina, has died, Lily still refuses to allow Crosbie to court her again.

John Eames

John Eames, now private secretary to Sir Raffle Buffle and the cousin of Grace Crawley. At his own expense, he goes to Italy to find Mrs. Arabin. Although in love with Lily, he barely extricates himself from the clutches of Madalina Demolines.

Bernard Dale

Bernard Dale, the heir of the squire of Allington, Lily’s cousin, who becomes engaged to Emily Dunstable.

Emily Dunstable

Emily Dunstable, cousin of Mrs. Martha Dunstable Thorne, a wealthy heiress.

Mrs. Martha Dunstable Thorne

Mrs. Martha Dunstable Thorne, a jolly social woman who tries to give Henry Grantly the courage to remain loyal to Grace.

Dr. Thomas Thorne

Dr. Thomas Thorne, her husband, who sides with the Crawleys.

Christopher Dale

Christopher Dale, the squire of Allington, who is extremely fond of Grace Crawley.

Mrs. Mary Dale

Mrs. Mary Dale, Lily’s mother, who invites Grace to stay at Allington after the magistrate’s hearing.

Lady Julia de Guest

Lady Julia de Guest, the constant benefactor of John Eames.

Lady Lufton

Lady Lufton, an aristocrat who constantly opposes Mrs. Proudie and defends the Crawleys.

Mr. Soames

Mr. Soames, Lord Lufton’s business agent, who thought he had dropped the check at Hogglestock parsonage.

Adolphus Crosbie

Adolphus Crosbie, now a widower, in debt to Gagebee, who would like to marry Lily Dale.

Lady Dumbello

Lady Dumbello, the marchioness of Hartletop, also known as Griselda Grantly, daughter of the archdeacon, who sides with her father in objecting to Henry’s marriage to Grace.

The Reverend Septimus Harding

The Reverend Septimus Harding the aged father of Eleanor Arabin, with whom he lives, and Susan Grantly. A warm old man, he requests, on his deathbed, that Crawley be given the living at St. Ewold’s.

Edith Grantly

Edith Grantly, daughter of Major Henry Grantly.

Mr. Thomas Toogood

Mr. Thomas Toogood, the lawyer who defends Mr. Crawley.

The Reverend Caleb Trumble

The Reverend Caleb Trumble, the clergyman Mrs. Proudie sends to take over Mr. Crawley’s parish.

The Reverend Dr. Mortimer Tempest

The Reverend Dr. Mortimer Tempest, a rural dean and vicar of Silverbridge. He leads the clerical commission investigating the case and thinks that Crawley should be judged by the court before the Church decides about his living.

Miss Madalina Demolines

Miss Madalina Demolines, a young London lady who plots to marry John Eames and writes an anonymous note to Lily Dale.

Lady Demolines

Lady Demolines, willingly a partner in her daughter’s schemes.

Sir Raffle Buffle

Sir Raffle Buffle, the pompous chairman of the Income Tax Office.

Mr. Fletcher

Mr. Fletcher, the butcher who received the stolen check.

Mr. Quiverful

Mr. Quiverful, a member of the clerical commission and warden of Hiram’s Hospital. Mrs. Proudie appoints him to the commission.

The Reverend Caleb Oriel

The Reverend Caleb Oriel, rector of Greshamsbury and a member of the clerical commission.

The Reverend Mark Robarts

The Reverend Mark Robarts, vicar of Framley, a member of the clerical commission.

Mr. Kissing

Mr. Kissing, a silly secretary in the Income Tax Office.

Mr. Peter Bangles

Mr. Peter Bangles, a wine merchant who finally marries Madalina Demolines.