Big Black Good Man Characters

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Karen Jenson

Karen is Olaf's wife. She appears in the story only in Olaf's thoughts, as conveyed by the narrator. Olaf never talks to her about what happens at the seedy hotel, implying that she is a proper woman.

Jim

Jim is a black American sailor (on a passenger ship) who arrives at a cheap hotel on the Copenhagen waterfront on the night when the story begins. His clothes and a large roll of cash mark him as well off, but the most remarkable thing about him is his size. He is about six and one-half feet tall and huge in every aspect. The story refers to his "gorillalike arms" and "mammoth hands." As well, Jim's skin is not brown but so black that it has a bluish cast.

Upon his arrival, Jim entrusts Olaf, the night porter, with twenty-six hundred dollars in cash. He also refuses to let...

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