Cathedral Character Descriptions

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This character is the protagonist of the short story. He is unnamed in the story, and clues in the text indicate that he is middle-aged, white, and married.

Narrator's Wife

This is the second character introduced in “Cathedral.” She was previously married to her high school sweetheart, but divorced after a suicide attempt.


This character in the short story is generally referred to as “the blind man” by the protagonist. As the story opens, he has just lost his wife and is traveling across the country to see his wife's family.


This character is mentioned in the story as the female character's first husband.


This is the name of the blind man's wife who has recently passed away.

Barry Fitzgerald

The blind man says he's like this Irish actor who said "When I drink water, I drink water. When I drink whiskey, I drink whiskey...

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