Robert Jones - His age is never specifically defined, but based on his descriptions of himself, his behavior, his position at his job, and the fact that he isn't yet married, it would be reasonable to conclude that he is somewhere in his early to mid thirties. He is ambitious, proud of his recent appointment to the position of leader on his work crew.
Alice - She believes, and urges Jones to believe as well, in the potential for success working within the existing social-political system of segregation, proving to whites that blacks can be successful by doing so on white terms.
Dr. and Mrs. Harrison - The mother is highly image conscious, while the father is a pretentious exploiter and manipulator.
Ella Mae - She has let Jones have sex with her a couple of times, but stopped after he angrily found out she was only...
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