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Seymour Glass The husband of Muriel Glass in "A Perfect Day for Bananafish," Seymour commits suicide during his second honeymoon. Read More
Eloise Wengler Eloise Wengler, the main character in "Uncle Wiggily in Connecticut," is a young housewife haunted by the death of her old boyfriend, Walt. Read More
Ginnie Mannox An awkward 15-year-old unknowingly searching for a way out of her conventional life, Ginnie Mannox is the main character in "Just Before the War with the Eskimos." Read More
The Chief The main character of "The Laughing Man," John Gedsudski, known primarily as the Chief, is the head of the Comanche Club, a group of nine-year-old boys. The Chief is a law student with a flair for storytelling. Read More
Staff Sergeant X The Nameless Narrator of the autobiographical story "For Esmé—With Love and Squalor," who refers to himself in the third person in one section as Staff Sergeant X, is a thoughtful young man who suffered from battle fatigue in World War II. Read More
Jean de Daumier-Smith Jean de Daumier-Smith (possibly John Smith) is a 19-year-old art student still grieving his mother's death. He is the narrator of "De Daumier-Smith's Blue Period." Read More
Teddy Ten-year-old Theodore "Teddy" McArdle, the main character of "Teddy," is an old soul with a unique gift of foresight. Read More
Mrs. Carpenter In "A Perfect Day for Bananafish," Mrs. Carpenter, who is Sybil's mother, tires of her daughter's constantly saying, "see more glass."
Sybil Carpenter Sybil Carpenter is the little girl in "A Perfect Day for Bananafish" whom Seymour escorts into the ocean on his inflatable raft.
Muriel Glass Muriel Glass is the naive and materialistic wife of Seymour Glass in "A Perfect Day for Bananafish."
Muriel's mother Although she only appears as a voice on the other end of the phone line in "A Perfect Day for Bananafish," Muriel's mother conveys important information to the reader about Seymour's mental state.
Woman in the elevator At the end of "A Perfect Day for Bananafish," the woman in the elevator is confused and affronted when Seymour accuses her of looking at his feet.
Grace Grace is the Wenglers' live-in maid in "Uncle Wiggily in Connecticut."
Mary Jane Mary Jane, Eloise Wengler's former college roommate, gets drunk and reminiscences with Eloise in "Uncle Wiggily in Connecticut."
Ramona Wengler Eloise's young daughter, Ramona Wengler, has a series of imaginary friends in "Uncle Wiggily in Connecticut."
Eric Eric is an older character, possibly gay, who arrives to take Franklin to a movie in "Just Before the War with the Eskimos."
Franklin Graff Franklin Graff, Selena's 24-year-old brother in "Just Before the War with the Eskimos," displays a cynical outlook toward life that is irresistible to Ginnie.
Selena Graff In "Just Before the War with the Eskimos," Ginnie's friend Selena Graff grudgingly lets Ginnie wait in her apartment while she asks her mother for the money she owes Ginnie.
Armand In "The Laughing Man," Armand is the stand-in wolf the Dufarges use to trick the Laughing Man.
Beautiful Eurasian girl In "The Laughing Man," the beautiful Eurasian girl is consumed with unrequited love for the Laughing Man.
Black Wing A "glib timber wolf," Black Wing, who is one of the outlaw's loyal companions in "The Laughing Man," is eventually killed by the Dufarges.
Marcel Dufarge Marcel Dufarge is the "internationally famous" Parisian detective who tries to capture the hideous outlaw in "The Laughing Man."
Mlle. Dufarge Marcel Dufarge's "exquisite" yet "transvestite" daughter in "The Laughing Man," Mlle. Dufarge joins her father to outwit the Laughing Man.
Hong Another of the outlaw's loyal crew in "The Laughing Man," Hong's tongue was burnt out by white men.
Mary Hudson The Chief's love interest in "The Laughing Man," Mary Hudson is a Wellesley College undergraduate who loves playing baseball.
The Laughing Man The star of the Chief's fanciful stories in "The Laughing Man," this outlaw suffers from tragic loneliness due to his horrifying physical disfigurement.
Nameless Narrator The Nameless (first-person) Narrator of "The Laughing Man" recounts the story of outings with the Comanche Club when he was nine.
Omba Omba, the "lovable dwarf" in "The Laughing Man," is the outlaw's chief henchman.
Billy Walsh Billy Walsh is the boy who bursts into tears at the end of "The Laughing Man."
Sandra The Tannenbaums' maid in "Down at the Dinghy," Sandra resents being forced to remain at her employer's summer house after the end of the season.
Mrs. Snell A local domestic servant in "Down at the Dinghy," Mrs. Snell waits for her tea to cool enough to drink before catching the afternoon bus home.
Boo Boo Tannenbaum The child-sized young mother of Lionel Tannenbaum in "Down at the Dinghy," Boo Boo Tannenbaum uses tact and empathy to reach her son.
Lionel Tannenbaum Four-year-old Lionel Tannenbaum, Boo Boo's son in "Down at the Dinghy," has a habit of "running away from home" when something upsets him.
Charles Esmé's younger brother Charles is a little hellion who loves riddles and listens only to his sister in "For Esmé—With Love and Squalor."
Choir coach The choir coach leads 20 British children in rehearsal on a rainy afternoon in "For Esmé—With Love and Squalor."
Corporal Z The amiable friend of "Staff Sergeant X" in "For Esmé—With Love and Squalor," Corporal Z (sometimes called Clay) tries to break through Staff Sergeant X's defenses with the help of his girlfriend Loretta's diagnostic letters from back home.
Esmé A precocious 13-year-old girl with a beautiful singing voice, Esmé's correspondence with the Nameless Narrator (Sergeant X) is a turning point in "For Esmé—With Love and Squalor."
Miss Megley Miss Megley is Charles and Esmé's governess in "For Esmé—With Love and Squalor."
Tearoom waitress The tearoom waitress works in the café where the Nameless Narrator (Sergeant X) goes to have tea after listening to the choir rehearsal in "For Esmé—With Love and Squalor."
Arthur Arthur, whom the reader of "Pretty Mouth and Green My Eyes" only knows as a voice on the phone, calls Lee to complain about his troubled marriage.
The girl The girl in "Pretty Mouth and Green My Eyes" is either Joanie or a girl Lee is dating or picked up at a party, but most likely, she is Joanie.
Joanie Arthur's impetuous young wife, Joanie, is possibly cheating on her husband in "Pretty Mouth and Green My Eyes."
Lee A middle-aged lawyer with gray hair that is foppishly maintained, Lee is likely having an affair with his friend Arthur's wife in "Pretty Mouth and Green My Eyes."
Bobby Agadganian Robert "Bobby" Agadganian is the happy-go-lucky yet bereaved stepfather of the narrator in "De Daumier-Smith's Blue Period."
American student from Bangor, Maine The last of the correspondence students assigned to the narrator of "De Daumier-Smith's Blue Period," this unnamed American student from Bangor, Maine, refers to himself as "a realist-abstractionist."
Bus driver The narrator in "De Daumier-Smith's Blue Period" insults this bus driver, in French, before exiting the bus elated.
Bambi Kramer Bambi Kramer, who draws clichéd Americana tableaux, is one of three American correspondence students assigned to the narrator in "De Daumier-Smith's Blue Period."
R. Howard Ridgefield R. Howard Ridgefield, another American correspondence student in "De Daumier-Smith's Blue Period," likes to draw lewd satire.
Sister Irma Sister Irma, in "De Daumier-Smith's Blue Period," is the narrator's only talented student, a nun from outside of Toronto who paints intricate religious portraits on brown wrapping paper and leaves the school when the narrator shows an obsessive interest in her.
Woman in the display window The narrator of "De Daumier-Smith's Blue Period" startles a woman in the display window rearranging the displays and causes her to fall down.
Mrs. X Mrs. X is a newly divorced woman whom Bobby Agadganian is dating in "De Daumier-Smith's Blue Period," despite the fact the narrator believes she secretly desires him.
M. Yoshoto M. Yoshoto owns and teaches at Les Amis Des Vieux Maîtres, the Montreal art correspondence school to which the narrator applies under the pseudonym de Daumier-Smith in "De Daumier-Smith's Blue Period."
Mme. Yoshoto Like her husband, Mme. Yoshoto rarely speaks to the narrator of "De Daumier-Smith's Blue Period," something that increases his sense of isolation.
Blonde woman with roses In "Teddy," the blonde woman with roses tells Teddy he needs a haircut
Deck steward The deck steward asks Teddy and Nicholson if they would like some broth in "Teddy."
Ensign Mathewson Ensign Mathewson has a brief conversation with Teddy about the ship schedule and crew protocol in "Teddy."
Booper McArdle In "Teddy," Booper McArdle, Teddy's younger sister, is a normal girl of six, a bit mean-spirited and bossy.
Mr. McArdle The father of Teddy in "Teddy," Mr. McArdle shows more interest in his suitcase and camera than he does his family.
Mrs. McArdle Mrs. McArdle, Teddy's mother in "Teddy," listens to her son absentmindedly while exchanging sarcastic verbal jabs with her husband.
Myron Myron is a young playmate of Booper in the story "Teddy."
Bob Nicholson An American professor who spent the summer in Dublin, Bob Nicholson is eager to learn more about Teddy's philosophical views in "Teddy."
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