Emily Dickinson is one of the main characters in Dickinson. Emily is an aspiring poet who is in love with her best friend, and her brother's fiancée, Sue. She pushes back against her parents' attempts to find her a suitor.
She is portrayed by Hailee Steinfeld.
History[edit | edit source]
Biography[edit | edit source]
Emily grew up in the 19th century in Amherst, Massachusetts. She wrote poems in her free time and spent time with her friends, namely Sue, and her family.
Throughout the Series[edit | edit source]
At the beginning of Season 1, Emily's family’s main wish for her is to find a proper suitor, but she isn’t interested. She’s interested in her best friend Sue, who was recently engaged to Emily’s own brother.
Emily writes poems and even gets published, with the help of one suitor, George. Her family is disappointed in her writing, declaring that her poems will ruin the family name.
Emily and Sue fantasize about running away together. One night, Emily’s brother announces his engagement to Sue and Emily runs away disappointed. Sue runs after her and Austin walks in on them kissing. Sue declares that she feels suffocated and runs off, to their dismay.
George asks Emily to marry him but she rejects his proposal. Emily feigns sickness, leading her parents to give confessions and for Sue to return upon the news.
Emily asks Austin to submit one of her poems in a local competition, afraid to do it herself because she knows she’d disappoint her father. She wins the competition.
Emily’s good friend Ben dies, which devastates her. Emily gets banned from Austin and Sue’s wedding after Emily sends Sue a love poem and flowers.
Relationships[edit | edit source]
- Sue Gilbert- best friend and romantic partner
- Ben Newton- good friend, they get "anti-married" to eachother, promising to remain unwed as long as they can.
Physical Appearance[edit | edit source]
Emily has long, wavy dark brown hair, pale skin, and bright red lips. She is of medium stature and often wears long, flowing dresses.
Quotes[edit | edit source]
"Because I could not stop for death; he kindly stopped for me."