Alice - Since this person's mother is unable to function as a caregiver, this character lives with various family members from the age of 10 until adulthood.
Mother - This parent is a creative and flamboyant person whose fantasy life results in institutionalization for many years.
Father - This aspiring poet dies mysteriously when the protagonist is only 5.
Arthur - This character is a dependable and loyal employee of Uncle Billy and Aunt Frances, and has no family or friends.
Uncle Billy - This wealthy businessman gets custody of the protagonist after her mother is sent to a mental asylum.
Aunt Frances - This person is a stickler for rules and manners and does not trust the household servants.
Nonna - This wealthy person lives in the Big House and suffers a stroke
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