Shirley Characters

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Once more, as in Jane Eyre, Bronte creates several sets of paired characters.

The wealthy, animated, bold Shirley Keeldar contrasts with the shy, retiring, timid Caroline Helstone—both are worthy, honorable, attractive young ladies; but their situations are at odds: Shirley is an independent heiress; Caroline is under the thumb of her self-righteous uncle, the rector of Briarfield. The opposing ways in which these ladies deal with love is equally striking: Shirley refuses proposals and argues vigorously with her husband-to-be; Caroline (based, to some degree, on Anne Bronte) falls into a decline for the want of love.

The two principal male characters, the brothers Moore, are also very different.

Robert is outspoken, unyielding, adamant; Louis is quietly proud, intellectual, and sensitive. While Robert is facing down the workers and even fighting against their attack, Louis gives French lessons and remains outside the main action of the plot. All...

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Beacham's Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction and Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults
Shirley from Beacham's Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction and Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults. ©2005-2006 Thomson Gale, a part of the Thomson Corporation. All rights reserved.
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