Bertha - This character is the hard-working, apartment building superintendent. The character is demonstrative and loud.
Bikini sunbathers - These are minor figures who serve primarily to reveal the narrator's thoughts and feelings. These characters are first seen as objects of desire, which later changes.
Kersi - This character is the narrator of the stories.
Mother and Father - These characters have lived together for many years.
Narrator - This character's name is never mentioned in the story, but it becomes clear who represents this character throughout the the various stories. This character is a keen observer of people in the apartment complex.
Old man - This character will soon turn seventy-seven and sits in a wheelchair by the elevator of the apartment complex.
Portuguese woman - This character is a two-dimensional figure who is nosy and wants the narrator to know about all of the goings-on in the apartment...
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