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The Swimmer | Characters

Character Description
Neddy Merrill Neddy Merrill is a suburban man with a family, who realizes the emptiness of his life as he swims toward his home via neighborhood pools. Read More
Shirley Adams Shirley Adams is Neddy's former mistress, who seems angry at seeing him and wants him off her property. Read More
Grace Biswanger Grace Biswanger is a former friend whom Neddy and his wife have routinely snubbed. She is annoyed that he turns up at her party and talks to her friends about his financial problems. Read More
Mrs. Halloran Mrs. Halloran is Neddy's very wealthy, nonconformist friend who acts very matter-of-fact about seeing him and hints at his family problems. Read More
Enid Bunker Enid Bunker is one of Neddy's friends; she is ecstatic to see him when he appears at her pool party. Read More
Mrs. Graham Mrs. Graham is Neddy's friend. She is happy to see him when he shows up at her pool—the first leg of his route, the Lucinda River, leading to the Merrill house.
Lucinda Merrill Lucinda Merrill is the wife of Neddy Merrill.
Eric Sachs Eric Sachs is the son-in-law of Mrs. Halloran and the husband of Helen Sachs; Neddy has forgotten about Eric's surgery and that he no longer drinks.
Helen Sachs Helen Sachs is the daughter of Mrs. Halloran and the wife of Eric Sachs; she reminds Neddy about her husband's surgery.
The Tomlinsons The Tomlinsons, whose first names are not disclosed, are guests at Enid Bunker's pool party.
Rusty Towers Rusty Towers is a guest lounging in the pool at Enid Bunker's party.
Donald Westerhazy Donald Westerhazy and his wife are the hosts of a pool party at which Neddy thinks up his plan of swimming home by way of the area's swimming pools.
Helen Westerhazy Helen Westerhazy and her husband are part of Neddy's hard-drinking group of well-to-do friends.
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