The Narrator - This character's favorite outfit includes gold lame shoes and a man's hat with a black ribbon.
The Lover - This character is a Chinese financier whose family is wealthy.
The Mother (Marie Legrand) - This character runs a French language school in French Indochina.
The Older Brother - This character has violent tendencies and gambles compulsively.
The Younger Brother (Paulo) - This usually unexceptional character has a brief affair with a married woman aboard an ocean liner.
Hélène Lagonelle (H.L.) - Schoolmate and confidant, this character seems immature and decidedly uninterested in sexual matters.
The Father - After becoming ill, this character leaves the family to seek treatment, but dies soon after.
Dô - An accomplished seamstress, this character uses old dresses to make new clothing for another character.
The Narrator's Child - Somewhat trivial in the novel, this character...
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