Alnest - This character is one of the two sympathetic white characters in the story and is little more than an offstage voice.
Auntie - This character is modeled after one of Ernest J. Gaines' relatives, Augustine Jefferson.
Dr. Bassett - This character is kept completely "offstage" and has a terrifying effect on Little John Lee.
Monsieur Bayonne - This character is a sincerely religious faith healer/musician but the religion they follow is heavily tinged with superstition.
The Boy - This character is somewhat out of place in this story.
Daddy - This character has a strong offstage presence and is most profound in their absence.
Helena - This character represents the greatest potential threat to one character's manhood according to this character's mother.
James - This character is the protagonist of the story, The Sky is Gray.
Mama - This character loves her children...
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