The older Brangwen sister, Ursula is a schoolteacher. She is somewhat less worldly than her sister, Gudrun. She falls in love with Rupert Birkin after seeing him at the Crich wedding at the beginning of the novel. Though at first she believes marriage is a trap for women like her, she finds a way to navigate what is expected of women of her time, and what she desires.
The younger Brangwen sister, she has recently returned from a life in the arts in London, where she spent time among the social elite. She falls for Gerald Crich upon seeing him at his sister’s wedding at the beginning of the novel. Gudrun is unique and temperamental, yearning for an artist's way of life as an escape from the drudgery of reality. But she struggles to reconcile her animalistic passion with her convictions.
The oldest son of Thomas Crich, he falls in love with Gudrun Brangwen. Gerald’s character is divided between a heroic, mythical soul of the past, and a keen modern intellect for pushing technological advancement in his family's mining company.
A country school inspector who falls in love with Ursula Brangwen. Birkin’s character can be loosely associated with D.H. Lawrence himself. He is a spirited character with passionate ideas about developing creative souls, but he also suffers many physical ailments and sickness.
A friend of the Crich family, she is also Rupert Birkin’s sometime lover. She is in love with Birkin, and wants to subjugate herself to him completely.
Mr. Thomas Crich
The chief owner of mines in the region around Beldover. His character represents a bygone era of English industry, and a Christian morality based on beneficence toward the poor and the working class.
Mrs. Christiana Crich
Thomas Crich’s wife and mother to Gerald. She is portrayed as a cold and distant women largely uninterested in her children's lives.
One of the Crich daughters, her wedding takes place at the beginning of the novel
Laura Crich’s husband.
Also referred to as the Pussum, a young Bohemian Londoner whom Birkin knows and introduces to Gerald Crich. Gerald and Minette have a brief affair.
A roguish Bohemian of London, who owns the house in Soho where Rupert rents a room.
A young Russian living in London, who is friends with Julius Halliday.
A guest at Hermione Roddice’s estate.
Palestra, the Italian Contessa
A guest at Hermione Roddice's estate.
A guest at Hermione Roddice's estate.
Sir Joshua Mattheson
An English Baronet and famous sociologist, a guest at Hermione Roddice’s estate.
Hermione’s brother and a member of the British Parliament.
The laborer’s wife at the mill house, where Rupert Birkin rents rooms.
Rupert Birkin’s landlady and servant at the mill house.
Dr. Brindall the younger
A guest at the Crich party who drowns in an attempt to save Diana Crich.
Ursula and Gudrun’s father, he is a handicraft teacher with very conventional moral standards and beliefs. He resents Ursula and Gudrun’s independence.
Ursula and Gudrun’s mother, she is fairly quite and reserved, but compassionate.
Ursula and Gudrun’s young brother.
Ursula and Gudrun’s young sister.
A Beldover resident. The Brangwen sisters stop at her cottage to buy honey.
Gerald’s youngest sibling and the apple of Mr. Crich’s eye, Winifred is artistically inclined and becomes Gudrun’s pupil.
A German professor that Ursula, Gudrun, Gerald and Birkin meet in a hostel near Innsbruck.
A sculptor who is one of the hostel guests. He is a tiny and odd-looking man, who develops an affinity with Gudrun based on their mutual estimation of art.
Loerke’s companion, he is young and athletic and stands out against Loerke's creaturely appearance.
Gerald's younger sister. She drowns during the Crich family water-party.
The young doctor who dies while trying to save Diana Crich. Their bodies are found together the next morning, the girl's hands around the man's throat.
Women in Love Questions and Answers
The Question and Answer section for Women in Love is a great
resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
Triangles of desire are everywhere in Lawrence’s novel, suggesting that human desire circulates in part by seeing and imitating the desire that another person displays. Gerald loves Birkin, but sees him desiring Ursula, which contributes to Gerald...
This is such a complex book that extends beyond relations between women and men. Still it is a major theme. Women in Love starts with two sisters, Ursula and Gudrun. Both of them are extremely modern ladies, but with really old-fashioned names....