The Blazing World Characters

Siri Hustvedt
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Harriet 'Harry' Burden

Harriet seems obsessively drawn to fantasize about ways to get back at the establishment, in particular those that in her mind hold back women, or are prejudiced against them. She is clearly disgruntled, bitter, and frustrated for the first part of her life (until she is 62). However, once her husband dies, she comes into her own.

Harriet is often described in conflicting terms by those interviewed by Hess. Some report that in her earlier years she resembled a figure from a painting, a picturesque woman, full bodied, and sensual. In her early days, she becomes reclusive and shy, clearly supporting her husband's career and focusing on being a nurturing mother. Her art career dies. However, her ambitions don't.

In later years, Harriet, nicknamed Harry, often intimidated those around her, and those she just met. She was extremely tall for a woman, with large breasts, large opinions...

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