The French Lieutenant's Woman Characters

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Ernestina Freeman

The narrator introduces Tina, Charles' pretty fiancee, as a typical Victorian woman—obedient and demure, with an intense fear of sexuality. Yet she also displays an uncommonly strong will and a sense of self-irony, along with a sense of humor, without which "she would have been a horrid spoiled child." She reveals her shallowness in her petty response to the news that Charles may lose his inheritance and title.

Mrs. Poulteney

Mrs. Poulteney takes in Sarah to prove her own pious, charitable nature. She is "the epitome of all the most crassly arrogant traits of the ascendant British Empire," with her unwavering assurance that she is always right. She refuses any limits to her authority over those with whom she comes into contact.

Charles Smithson

Charles is a young, English gentleman whose distinguishing trait is laziness. The narrator describes him as an "intelligent idler" who sets his...

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