Mrs. Bibbs - Like most white characters in the novel, she represents one facet of the oppressive society that makes the assumption that blacks are inherently suited to menial labor.
Mr. Crane - He stands for the liberal whites who are well-meaning, but ultimately too weak to stand up to the prevailing racism of their society.
Ella - A schoolteacher with a "remote and dreamy and silent" manner, Richard is attracted to her mystery, though afraid.
Ella - See Ellen Wilson Wright
Mr. Falk - Richard asks this character if he can use his library card.
Grandpa - See Richard Wilson
Griggs - He is Richard's friend who repeatedly tries to convince Richard to take the "easier" route of conforming to white expectations of black behavior.
Harrison - He is a shop boy who works across the street from Richard.
Mrs. Moss - Richard rents a room...
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