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Written by Nader Valian
A schoolteacher from England who is in France, a lonely and old woman who thinks she is in a play and is the butt of people's jokes. Everyone in the story interacts with one another, but Miss Brill never speaks to anyone in the story. She only observes.
Holds a curved walking-stick. Coupled with the old woman. Sits on Miss Brill's "special seat."
Knits on her embroidered apron. Coupled with the old man. Sits on Miss Brill's "special seat."
Two Peasant Women
Two peasant women with funny straw-hats, coupled with the two donkeys.
Wears a panama hat and button boots. Married to the Englishman's Wife, his coupling.
A woman going without her spectacles. Married to the Englishman, her coupling.
They wear blue. They are coupled with the young girls.
Two Young Girls
They wear red. They are coupled with the soldiers.
A woman carrying violets. Coupled with the little boy.
A mean, obnoxious young boy also known as "the boy" who makes rude comments about Miss Brill at the end of the story. Coupled with "Heroine".
A snotty, obnoxious young girl also known as "the girl", who refuses to make love to "the boy" in the presence of Miss Brill. Coupled with "Hero".
The child in the park's mother, couples with him.
A child playing in the park, couples with his mother.
A little boy who feels poisoned by the flowers. Coupled with the Violet Woman.
A cold, pale nun. A symbol of virginity and chastity. Does not couple.
Beautiful, smoke-colored donkeys. Coupled with the two peasant women.
Tall, stiff, and dignified, he couples with the ermine toque (the fur) of the Violet Woman.
Four rowdy girls in the park, couple with each other.
An old man that Miss Brill reads to, does not couple with anyone.
A man that Miss Brill buys cakes from, but on the day of the story she doesn't. Does not couple with anyone.
Funny Old Man
A man nearly knocked over by the four girls. Does not couple with anyone.
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One of the story's main themes is that of loneliness and isolation. Miss. Brill, a teacher and caretaker, has no friends..... no one to share with. In her eyes, being a part of the setting and observing those around her affords her a sense of...