Anna - This character is David's wife and the narrator's "best woman friend" for the past two months. Although she appears "always cheerful," this character is desperate, using her body as her only weapon.
David - This misogynist character teaches communications classes in an adult education program and tries to pass himself off as a "man of the people." He torments his wife by humiliating her.
Father - The narrator strongly feels this character's influence throughout her time on the island and describes him as devoted to logic and reason.
Joe - The narrator's often untalkative lover, this character prefers a lack of emotion on his own part and on the parts of those around him.
Mother - Dead when the novel begins, this character's influence in the narrator's life becomes evident as the narrator begins her withdrawal from civilization. She was a selfless woman who lived...
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