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Can't and Won't Characters

Lydia Davis
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Italian Landlord

In the story, The Stolen Salamis, the landlord of the narrator's son, makes salamis as a hobby. When they are stolen he is more upset that they were mislabeled as sausages than the fact that they were stolen.

Gustav Flaubert

Gustav Flaubert wrote the novel, Madame Bovary, and also wrote numerous letters to a woman he was involved with during that time period. The author of this collection has included many of the letters because his observations on human experiences align with her own. The reader sees that Flaubert is philosophical, caring, shrewd, and adventurous.

The Bodyguard

This character is supposed to be a bodyguard, but in the narrator's dream, he can't move.

The Sister

This is the narrator's sister who has been honored by the Queen of England. The narrator is glad of this because the sister never won any recognition from their parents, who were...

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