The Narrator (Max) - This character moves into a boarding house after his wife dies.
The Gods - These characters represent one of the few ideals of youth.
Bonnard - This character is a French painter of intermediate skill and renown.
Miss Vavasour (Rose) - This character worked as a nanny in her youth, and runs a boarding house in the novel.
Colonel Blunden - This character's family promises to visit him, but don't show up.
Chloe Grace - This character drowns as a young teenager.
Carlo, Connie and Myles Grace - These characters represent a world of financial and familial stability.
Anna - This character loves photography and even photographs people in the hospital.
The Narrator's Father and Mother - These characters are used to represent a dysfunctional family.
Claire - This character blames her breakup on her father.
Bun - This character is wealthy and...
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