The Sky Is Gray Characters

Ernest J. Gaines
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Alnest

On one hand, Alnest is little more than an offstage voice, the voice of an old man cautioning Helena, his wife, against the cold. On the other, he is one of only two sympathetic white characters in Gaines's story (Helena is the other). Though the motivation for their careful charity is not described, it is ultimately accepted, the suggestion being that whatever their motivation may be, their small generosity will only be accepted as kindness, not as charity.

Dr. Bassett

Kept completely offstage except for his terrifying effect on Little John Lee, who screams bloody murder on receipt of his dental ministrations, Dr. Basset exists in the narrative not for what he is, but for what he isn't—Dr. Robillard, the good dentist who takes care of the teeth of Bayonne's whites.

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Helena

Alnest's wife, Helena is the story's other sympathetic white...

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