Far from the Madding Crowd Character Descriptions

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William Boldwood

This confirmed bachelor of about forty owns a neighboring farm to the female protagonist's. His disinterest in women inspires her to send him an anonymous Valentine card.

Jan Coggan

This character in the novel performs witness to weddings and baptisms in the county. He offers the new shepherd a room to stay at his home in Weatherbury.

Bathsheba Everdene

This character is the central figure in the novel. When she is first introduced, she is around twenty years old and poor. When she appears again, she has inherited her uncle's farm and money.

Gabriel Oak

This character is introduced as a young farmer in the beginning of the novel. Because of an accident, he loses his sheep and farm and is forced to take a job as a shepherd.


This character is the bailiff at the farm in Weatherbury. He is dismissed for thieving.

Joseph Poorgrass

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