Lyman Ward - The narrator of the story, a man confined to a wheelchair who is choosing to explore his family's past rather than face the situations of his present life.
Susan Ward - An artist and writer who honors her commitments to family and friends yet yearns for a life completely different than the one destiny provides her.
Oliver Ward - A good and decent man who fails to live up to the expectations of his wife but works hard and honorably throughout his days.
Shelly Rasmussen - A rebellious and displaced woman of 1970, who is on the fringes of the hippie generation's world, but lives with her mother and serves as a secretary.
Augusta Drake - A genteel woman who is the object of Susan's lifelong affection and attention.
Thomas Drake - The man Susan would have married if he had only asked when they...
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