Mr. Jerome is a real estate agent in Crythin Gifford who is appointed as Arthur’s guide in town, and who accompanies him to Mrs. Drablow’s funeral. A quiet and nervous man, Jerome deteriorates into full-blown panic when Arthur mentions having seen the woman in black at the funeral service. Arthur attempts to engage Mr. Jerome’s help in sorting through the many papers in Eel Marsh House, but Mr. Jerome is so petrified that he refuses to help and warns Arthur that no one else in town will come to his aid, either. It is eventually revealed that Mr. Jerome had a child who died as a result of the woman in black’s fearsome curse.
Mr. Jerome Character Timeline in The Woman in Black
The timeline below shows where the character Mr. Jerome appears in The Woman in Black. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 4: The Funeral of Mrs. Drablow
Chapter 7: Mr. Jerome is Afraid
Chapter 9: In the Nursery
Chapter 11: A Packet of Letters
...died in some “violent or dreadful circumstance,” often in an accident or an illness. Mr. Jerome’s own child, Daily reveals, was a victim of the woman in black. Arthur wonders whether... (full context)