Henry Chinaski - He is the son of a workaholic veteran of World War I. He has left home and spent time in San Francisco and New York City. Everything he owns fits in a yellow cardboard suitcase which he has painted black with shoe polish.
Jan Meadows - This character and Henry spend a lot of time at the racetrack and otherwise do little but drink wine, make love, and steal cigarettes from parked cars.
Laura - She has retained long, lovely legs and a firm body, but is obviously an alcoholic. She accepts drinks from Henry until he goes broke, and then takes him to a store to stock his room with liquor, beer, cigarettes, chips, nuts, Alka-Seltzer, and a good cigar, all charged to Wilbur Oxnard's account.
Herman Barnes - This character gives Henry a second chance replacing burnt out fluorescent tubes, and accepts...
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