The Woman in Black

Topics: Ghost story, Bump, Bump, Bump, Novel Pages: 12 (3204 words) Published: November 22, 2012
Chapter summaries

Arthur Kipps

o Introduced in the novel as an old man describing his younger self as arrogant.

o A young solicitor looking for a higher position in his law firm.

o A typical ghost story main character, a sceptic, a non-believer- “I never thought of myself as a fanciful man”.

o He was sent to CG to deal with the papers of Mrs Alice Drablow.

o He is a little stuck up and believes that he is above the country people- “Unsophisticated than we cosmopolitans”.

o Refuses to be phased by their “superstitions”.

o Eventually pays the price of his ignorance and loses his wife and child in a tragic accident.

The Woman in Black- Jennet Humfrye
o The sister of Alice Drablow who pregnant out of wedlock. This was a huge shame to the family so they decided that Jennet would be sent to Scotland and Mr. and Mrs. Drablow would bring up her child. o Jennet was not the sort of person to follow the rules and when the child was 6 she went to EMH, planning to kidnap him back. o Whilst on his way back from a trip out with his maid, the pony and trap that they had been riding had fallen into the marshes and had been sucked up, the child, the maid and the trap driver, Keckwick’s father all dies. o Jennet blamed Alice for her child’s death.

o She never forgives her sister and due to distress and anger she soon falls ill with a wasting disease that she eventually dies of. o She continues to haunt her sister’s house after her death and kills children as a result of her child being ripped away from her. o Some may see her as a victim in the novel but her pain and hurt can never justify her actions.

Mr. Samuel Dailey

o He is a “big man” with a “beefy face” and “huge raw hands”. o A local land owner.
o Guidance but also a “companion” for Kipps.
o Met in “A Journey North”.
o Quite rich and well known in Crithin Gifford and the surrounding area. o Daily’s purpose in the novel is to guide Arthur, but Kipps decides to ignore him. o He is quite an open person; you can tell what he’s feeling. “Openness of his gaze and the directness of his manor.” o Owner of Spider.

o Quite judgmental, makes snap decisions about people.
o He is Kipps’ guardian, comes to save him at the end.
o He tries to protect Kipps though out by hinting that he shouldn’t go to EMH without putting the burden of the Woman in Black’s secret on his shoulders.

Mr. Jerome;

o A small, ginger man, a local lawyer and Mr Kipps’ company at the funeral. o He is seen in “The Funeral of Mrs Drablow” and “Mr Jerome is Afraid” o His purpose in the novel is to warn Kipps about the dangers at EMH and the effects it will have on him, like Daily , Kipps chooses to ignore Jerome. o He has quite a dramatic reaction to the Woman in Black on page 51 where his face fills with fear. o This is one of the only points that Jerome shows his fear, through out the rest of the novel he is portrayed as quite collected and able to hide his emotions. However, despite not showing fear through his expressions you can see it in his hands- “I noticed his hands, which rested on the sides of the chair, were working, rubbing, fidgeting, gripping and un-gripping in agitation” and “Mr Jerome’s hands continued to scrabble around like the paws of some struggling creature.” o We later find out that he had lost his children and it had “broken” him.


Mr. Bentley
o Mr Bentley is the boss of Kipps before, during and long after Kipps’ experiences at EMH. o He is seen in “Christmas eve” and “A London Particular”. o Mr Bentley is there to prove that Kipps wasn’t the only one who was changed by TWIB and her story. He began, like Kipps, an arrogant power-hungry (“Mr Bentley...
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