Pat Arbuckle - He is the narrator of the story, the son of the local newspaper owner, and grew up in Holt.
Jessie Burdette - She spent most of her childhood taking care of her mother and two younger brothers, and seems to thrive in marriage even as she cuts herself off from the people in Holt.
Jack Burdette - He is a selfish and unkind person who wants what he wants, and does not care who he hurts as he struggles to get it.
Nora Kramer Arbuckle - She is the quiet and beautiful daughter of a college professor.
Wanda Jo Evans - She is a bright and beautiful girl who is loved by every boy in school, but who has eyes only for one of them.
Bud Sealy - He is a quiet and calm man who is the law in the small town of...
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