The Lifted Veil Characters

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Alfred

Latimer's older brother Alfred is his opposite. Latimer describes him as "a handsome, self-confi- dent man of 6 and 20 a thorough contrast to my fragile, nervous, ineffectual self." Alfred is their father's favorite, as he embodies all that the father desires in a son. When Latimer is introduced to Bertha as a probable future wife to Alfred, his natural dislike of his brother turns to envious hatred. Right before he is to be married to Bertha, Alfred dies from falling off a horse, leaving Latimer free to marry Bertha.

The Father

Latimer's father is cold, distant and disapproving of his sickly, unmotivated child. He hires a tutor to school the young Latimer in all of the subjects which he most dreads, and in which he is least capable. After Latimer's older brother Alfred, the favorite, dies, his father becomes more endeared to Latimer, who becomes sympathetic to his father...

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