Elizabeth Gaskell’s The Moorland Cottage: Portraits of Edward Browne and Frank Buxton

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Edward Browne

This portrait of Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s fellow artist Ford Madox Brown is almost exactly how I imagine Maggie’s brother, they even share the same last name. Something about the disdain in the curve of the mouth and glance of the eyes.

Character Traits

  • Selfish
  • Snobbish
  • Quick minded
  • Weak morals
  • Materialistic

Similar literary characters

  • John Reed of Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre
  • Tom Tulliver of George Eliot’s Mill on the Floss

Frank Buxton

The contemplative gaze of the gentleman sketched by George Richmond reminds me of Frank, you can imagine him thinking of creating a more just society.

Character Traits

  • Perceptive
  • Concerned for others
  • A bursting presence
  • Strong morals
  • Firm, buoyant step

Which literary heroes does Frank Buxton remind you of?


4 Comments Add yours

  1. sweetiedi says:

    Edward reminds me a little of Wickham and Willoughby in their carefree attitiude about spending money and looking good doing it. I don’t think they are as ruthless as Edward is – just as selfish.

    Frank reminds me of Captain Wentworth or Mr Knightly – both gentlemen who care for the people around them and have a high moral compass. They tend to see the situation around them in black and white – and quickly understand when they are in the presence of someone who does not meet their standards.

    1. I can definitely see traces of Captain Wentworth and Mr. Knightley in Frank too.

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