Characters Discussed

(Great Characters in Literature)


H. William Hazlitt), a writer and lover. The author is writing an account of his own foolish passion for a young girl, S. (Sarah Walker), whom he meets in a boardinghouse owned by her father, M.W. (Micaiah Walker). Aware, in his heart, that the girl allows him more liberties than her show of demureness would justify, he is nevertheless romantic enough to endow her with an innocence and good intent that cause him to keep trying to persuade her to marry him. As he inevitably must, he finally learns that reality and one’s own image of it are not necessarily the same.


S. (Sarah Walker), a young girl loved by H., in her late teens when she meets the writer. She sits on his lap day after day exchanging kisses with him. She fails, however, to appreciate his elaborate protestations of love and can answer only that her regard can go no further than friendship. When she is caught playing the same game with another, her lover is forced to realize that his love is not what she seems.

C. P.

C. P. (Peter George Patmore), William Hazlitt’s friend, to whom he writes about his love for Sarah Walker.

J. S. K.

J. S. K. (James Sheridan Knowles), William Hazlitt’s friend, to whom the closing letters of Liber Amoris are addressed.

M. W.

M. W. (Micaiah Walker), William Hazlitt’s landlord, the father of Sarah Walker.