Goodbye, Columbus Character Descriptions

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The Patimkins' maid.

Harriet Ehrlich

She is described as a young lady singularly unconscious of a motive in others or herself. All is surface, and she seemed a perfect match for Ron and the Patimkins.

Aunt Gladys

Neil's relative who is indirectly critical of his relationship with Brenda, based on her awareness of the vast socioeconomic class differences between the families.

Doris Klugman

Neil's cousin who first invited him to the country club swimming pool where he met Brenda.

Neil Klugman

The protagonist and narrator of the story.

The Little Boy

The little African-American boy, described by the outdated term "colored," who daily visits the library to look at the book of Gauguin paintings.

Uncle Max

Neil's relative who does not appear in the story except as Neil and his aunt refer to him.

John McKee

Neil's co-worker at the library whom he refers to as McRubberhands...

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