Lark Ann Browning Erhardt - The six-year-old main character is often afraid of her father and very close to her mother.
Arlene Erhardt - Lark's mama.
Willie Erhardt - Lark's papa.
Hilly - A veteran who is mentally challenged because of war wounds.
Mrs. Stillman - Hilly's mother.
Betty Weller - Lark's maternal aunt who gives birth to a stillborn baby girl whom she names Marjorie.
Stanley Weller - Husband of Betty, he abandons his family in search of work and never returns.
Beverly Ridza - The young girl who teaches Lark to swim.
Sally Wheeler - One of Lark's best friends, Lark is jealous of Sally's home until she realizes what Sally's life is really like.
Mrs. Stella Wheeler - Sally's mother who cries a lot.
Bernice McGivern - One of Arlene's best friends, she helps with Hilly's funeral and hosts the reception afterward at her...
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