Madame Aubain - This character had to sell several properties upon the death of her spouse due to significant debt.
Félicité - This character is a faithful servant and the central character of the story.
Loulou - When this character dies, the body is stuffed and becomes an object of adoration.
Madame - See Madame Aubain.
Parrot - See Loulou.
Paul - This character is sent away to school in Caen at a young age.
Theodore - This character marries a wealthy elderly person in order to avoid conscription into the army.
Victor - This character dies in Cuba as a result of being bled too severely while being treated for yellow fever.
Virginie - This character suffers from a nervous complaint due to a close call with an angry bull.
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