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The Way of the World: Characters

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Fainall

This character attempts to deceive and manipulate his wife and mother-in-law, but Mirabell intervenes. Fainall is also in an adulterous relationship with Mrs Marwood

 

Foible

Foible is a servant of Lady Wishfort and the wife of Waitwell.

 

Lady Wishfort

She is the mother of Mrs Fainall and aunt of Millamant and Sir Wilfull. She is powerful in terms of status and wealth and is used as a target for blackmail and manipulation by Fainall and Mirabell.

 

Mirabell

He is in love with Millamant. He plots to manipulate Lady Wishfort into allowing him to marry her, but is seen as the hero by the end of the play as he puts a stop to Fainall’s trickery.

 

Millamant

Millamant is a niece of Lady Wishfort and is in love with Mirabell.

 

Mrs Fainall

She is the wife of Fainall and daughter of Lady Wishfort. She is a former friend of Mirabell.

 

Mrs Marwood

She is in an adulterous relationship with Fainall and claims to be loyal to Lady Wishfort.

 

Petulant

Petulant and Witwoud are followers of Millamant.

 

Sir Wilfull

He is the half-brother of Witwoud and nephew of Lady Wishfort. He is also used as a rival for Mirabell as Lady Wishfort initially wants him to marry Millamant (rather than Mirabell)

 

Waitwell

Waitwell is Mirabell’s servant and husband to Foible. He also disguises himself as Sir Rowland, Mirabell’s uncle, in order to trick Lady Wishfort.

 

 

Witwoud

Along with Petulant, Witwoud is a follower of Millamant. He is also the half-brother of Sir Wilfull.




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