Top Ten Minor Characters

I don't know if I can think of 10 minor characters, but I'll do my best.

1. Mrs. Fairfax from Jane Eyre.  She was really the first adult that took an interest in Jane and had a real impact on how she viewed others.

2. Bessy from North and South.  Even though I have only viewed the mini series that came out a few years ago, she came across as the first true friend that Margaret makes when her family moves to Milton.

3. Mr. Bennet from Pride and Prejudice. Is the voice of reason in the book, even though at times he isn't the voice of reason.

4. Snape from the Harry Potter series.  Even though he isn't beloved like most of the teacher's in the series, he is the one that acts the most nobly of the teachers.

5. Richard Mason from Jane Eyre. His coming heralds the disclosure of the secret of Mr. Rochester.

6. St. John Rivers from Jane Eyre.  Even though Jane comes to care for him, his wanting her to do something other than what she wants to do reveals Jane's feelings for Mr. Rochester.

7. Charlotte Lucas from Pride and Prejudice.  She seems to be Lizzie's sounding board in the first bit of the book and allows her to think more clearly about her feelings for Mr. Darcy.

8. Mr. Collins from Pride and Prejudice. Sort of the elephant in the room.  The Bennet family knows that their family estate is to be entailed on him when Mr. Bennet dies and therefore is the impetus for the family getting their daughters marrying.

9.  Miss Edmuds from Bridge to Terabithia.  She is the teacher that Jesse admires and takes him to the Smithsonian Musuem, which leads to Leslie's death.

10. Helen Burns from Jane Eyre.  Jane's first true friend and the only person that Jane can trust at Lowood School.

Let me know what you think.


Mr. Bennett and Mr. Collins are good picks. One of my favorite lines is when Mrs. Bennett is trying to get Elizabeth to accept Mr. Collins's marriage proposal, and Mr. Bennett says that, if her mother won't speak to her if she doesn't, he won't speak to her if she does. Loved that part!

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