Helga Crane, Quicksand
A mulatto woman, born of a Danish mother, she is a teacher with a restless spirit.
Dr. Robert Anderson, Quicksand
He is head of the school in Naxos.
Reverend Pleasant Green, Quicksand
A preacher whose love of God is questionable.
Katrina and Poul Dahl, Quicksand
Helga's relatives who take her in when she is in Denmark.
Axel Olsen, Quicksand
He is a talented painter who proposes marriage to Helga.
Audrey Denney, Quicksand
A gregarious society figure in Harlem who freely associates with white people at Negro events.
Irene Redfield, Passing
A main character in Passing whose life is carefully structured, and who lives openly as a black woman with fair skin.
Clare Kendry, Passing
A very light-skinned mulatto woman who has chosen to pass as a white woman.
Brian Redfield, Passing
A successful doctor who is unhappy with his life and his marriage.
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