Annie Metcalf - This sheltered teenager matures in the novel and learns how to care for those whose lives were radically changed by the war.
Mrs. Katherine Metcalf - This character turns to artistic pursuits, such as music, to avoid dealing with the hurt and injury in the world. This character is also actively involved in social issues.
Dr. Larry Metcalf - This character is a physician who begins a new job assignment after the war.
Uncle Paul - This character has varied interests that include writing music, riding a motorcycle, and attending operatic productions.
Grandfather MacLeod - This character is in poor health, but still finds time to read to a patient at the hospital.
Grandmother MacLeod - This character is an excellent cook.
Andrew Crayton - This character's carelessness caused him to suffer severe facial disfigurement.
Timothy Lewis - This character suffers from temporary blindness...
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