Free Study Guide for Our Town by Thornton Wilder-Book Summary |
The son of Charles and Myrtle and Emily’s younger brother. He meets an untimely death when his appendix ruptures on a Boy Scout trip.
The town doctor. He is much concerned about the welfare of the citizens of Grover’s Corners. He is a caring father, but is not overindulgent with his children.
Mrs. Julia Hersey Gibbs
Frank’s spouse. She is a typical small-town housewife whose world revolves around her family. She constantly worries about her husband and children.
The teenage son of Frank and Julia, who dreams of becoming a farmer. He is a baseball player and a high school hero. He marries Emily Webb, his childhood love, during the second act of the play and mourns her death in the third.
The daughter of Frank and Julia and George’s younger sister. She finds her older brother to be a bothersome pest.
The milkman, who rides a young horse called Bessie. He appears at the beginning of the play and again in the last act during Emily’s return to the past.
Joe Crowell, Jr.
The newspaper boy, who appears only in the first and last acts. He secures a scholarship to attend college at Massachusetts Tech. Unfortunately, his bright future is ended when he is killed in France during World War I.
Joe’s younger brother who replaces Joe as the paperboy.
Samuel ‘Sam’ Craig
Emily’s cousin on her mother’s side.
The constable who conscientiously patrols the town and checks the drainage system.
A faculty member of the state university who gives a boring account of Grover’s Corners geographical and anthropological history.
The organist of the Congregational Church. His waywardness ultimately leads him to commit suicide.
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