10 Famous Literary Characters That Are Significantly Younger Than You Think

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Scarlett O’Hara: 16

At the start of the novel (and the start of the Civil War), our “not beautiful, but” heroine is a mere 16 years old — the same age at which she first marries, has a child, and becomes a widow. By the end of the novel, she’s 28, and has, as particularly vibrant literary characters are wont to do, already lived several lifetimes’ worth of drama.