A country doctor, kind, but simple, dull, and unremarkable. Charles is a terrible doctor who manages simple cases decently but is incapable of performing difficult operations. Despite his deep love for Emma, he doesn't understand her. Her looks and dress captivate him, but he remains oblivious to her personality.When Emma begins to run up debts, he grants her power of attorney over all his property, an act that leads to his financial ruin. After Emma's suicide, he learns of her infidelities and, soon after, dies a broken man.