Dunstan Ramsay (Dunstable Ramsay) - The narrator of the story who has lost his leg and believes in co-creation with fate.
Padre Ignazio Blazon - A Jesuit priest with a brilliant mind and a showman-like flair.
Boy Staunton (Percy Boyd Staunton) - A war hero with a sense of entitlement who is also a liar and a bully.
Mrs. Mary Dempster - This character is driven mad and is labeled a "fool-saint."
Magnus Eisengrim (Paul Dempster) - Born premature, this character fights for survival and finds pleasure in time spent at the library.
Liesl - Intelligent and well-educated, this character gives psychological advice.
Diana Marfleet - A nurse who embodies positive, nurturing qualities.
Leola Staunton (nee Cruikshank) - This character, the prettiest in Deptford, tries to commit suicide and eventually dies from the winter chill and pneumonia.
The Reverend Amasa Dempster - This character is described as...
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