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LIST OF CHARACTERS
Dick Dewy - an honest, trustworthy, dependable and optimistic young businessman. He is a shy, but persevering lover who does not give up easily. He ultimately reaps the reward of his perseverance, winning the love of Fancy Day.
Fancy Day - a fanciful, frivolous, vain, and ambitious young lady, who is easily susceptible to flattery. She serves as the schoolmistress in Mellstock. She becomes temporarily infatuated with Shiner (the farmer) and Maybold (the Vicar). Finally, her true love for Dick prevails over her false infatuations.
Reuben Dewy - the kind, gentle, and fair-minded father of Dick Dewy. He is a born leader who organizes the Mellstock choir into a harmonious unit.
Mr. Maybold - the enthusiastic and intelligent vicar, who is open to new ideas. He idealizes Fancy, with whom he eventually falls in love. Later, however, he realizes that Fancy is "less an angel than a woman."
Frederic Shiner - a rich farmer of thirty-five years, who is also the Churchwarden. He is the nearest character to a 'villain' in the entire book. He is proud, choleric, and a bit of a coward. Fancy develops a temporary infatuation for him.