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LIST OF CHARACTERS
Philip Carey - an orphan with a clubfoot. He is the protagonist of the novel whose story Maugham traces from age nine to thirty.
William Carey - the uncle of Philip and the vicar of Blackstable. He is self-centered and rigid in his views.
Mildred Rogers - Philip's antagonist on one level. Selfish, shallow, and flirtatious, she successfully lures Philip with her charms.
Thorpe Athelny - a boisterous journalist. He is a loving family man who becomes Philip's friend, philosopher, and guide.
Mrs. Carey - the kind and gentle wife of the vicar. She loves Philip and helps him fulfil his desires.
Mr. Perkins - one of Philip's well-wishers. He is the scholarly headmaster of King's School at Tercanbury.
Rose - Philip's best friend in school. He is smart and intelligent.
Hayward - an idealist and a literary critic. He meets Philip in Heidelberg and becomes his friend.
Emily Wilkinson - the spinster governess who lures Philip into an affair .
Fanny Price - an untalented artist. She studies painting with Philip and falls in love with him.
Clutton - a talented artist in Paris who is critical of other's works.
Lawson - a competent artist who manages to establish his identity in the world of art. He is a good friend of Philip.
Ruth Chalice - a talented artist and the girlfriend of Lawson. She is a kind and good-natured woman.
Cronshaw - a Bohemian British poet and philosopher who lives in poverty. He befriends Philip and spends the last part of his life with him.
Griffith - a medical student and a friend of Philip who has an affair with Mildred.
Macalister - the philosopher and stockbroker who advises Philip to invest.
Dr. South - a cynical country doctor. He befriends Philip and invites him to become his partner.
Mrs. Athelny - Athelny's wife and the mother of nine children. She is kind and unassuming.
Sally - the eldest child of the Athelnys who loves Philip. She is charming and determined in manner.