The Paying Guests Characters

Sarah Waters
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Frances Wray

Frances is a young woman who lives in a London neighborhood in 1922. She is a lesbian who has never had any real interest in men. At one point, her parents learn that she is involved with a young woman named Christina. They try to keep her from seeing Christina again, believing that will end Frances' lifestyle but Frances merely settles into a lonely life as a single woman until years later when she meets and falls in love with Lilian Barber.

Frances is a quiet woman who is very much aware of the way people talk. She doesn't want to be the subject of gossiping neighbors, but she is unwilling to live a different life merely to keep up appearances. For example, she does the difficult housework herself because they are unable to afford servants. She gives up the opportunity to live with Christina because her parents...

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