Various townspeople—primarily old men and old women—enter the family’s cottage at the end of the play as part of the procession bringing Bartley’s body back from the shore. The women explain what has happened to Bartley and keen over him, and Cathleen asks one of the old men to help make Bartley’s coffin. Most of these townspeople are old, which underscores the fact that it’s only young men who seem to be dying, even though the young are usually expected to outlive the old.
Townspeople Character Timeline in Riders to the Sea
The timeline below shows where the character Townspeople appears in Riders to the Sea. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.