The Assistant | Study Guide

Bernard Malamud

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The Assistant | Characters

Character Description
Morris Bober Morris Bober is the protagonist. He owns a grocery story that has fallen on hard times. Read More
Frank Alpine Frank Alpine is a young man trying to atone for his wrongdoings by helping the Bobers at their grocery store. Read More
Helen Bober Helen Bober is Ida and Morris's only daughter and a love interest of Frank. Read More
Ward Minogue Ward Minogue is Frank's acquaintance and a local criminal.
Ida Bober Ida Bober is Morris's wife. She watches over her daughter Helen.
Julius Karp Julius Karp is a successful local liquor store owner.
Louis Karp Louis Karp is Julius Karp's son, known for being lazy.
Detective Minogue Detective Minogue is Ward Minogue's abusive father.
Nat Pearl Nat Pearl is Helen's former love interest, who now uses her without any plans to marry her.
Betsy Pearl Betsy Pearl is Helen's friend.
Sam Pearl Sam Pearl is Betsy and Nat's father.
Goldie Pearl Goldie Pearl is Betsy and Nat's mother.
Al Marcus Al Marcus is a local shop owner.
Breitbart Breitbart is a local lightbulb salesman.
The Fusos The Fusos are the Bobers's tenants.
Schmitz Schmitz is the owner of the new Norwegian grocery story with which the Bobers are in competition.
Ephraim Ephraim is Ida and Morris's son, who died as a child.
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