Dr. Adler - This character is the only one to call his son by the childhood nickname, "Wilky."
Catherine - This struggling artist's professional name is Philippa.
Dad - See Dr. Adler
Father - See Dr. Adler
Margaret - Unemployed and constantly demanding money, this character is seen as "unbending, remorselessly unbending."
Olive - This girl wanted to marry the book's hero when he had the greatest potential working for the Rojax Corporation, but tired of waiting for his divorce to be finalized.
Paul - This character calls his father a "'hummuspotamus,'" or hippopotamus.
Mr. Perls - This third wheel at breakfast has had a difficult life as a hosiery wholesaler.
Philippa - See Catherine
Mr. Rappaport - This cigar-smoking investor, retired from the chicken business and suffering from near-blindness, relies on others to report stock market updates.
Mr. Rowland - A stock market investor who supposedly supports...
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