Swimming Lessons Characters

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Bertha

Bertha is the apartment building superintendent. She is a hard working middle-aged Yugoslavian woman who spends much of her time trying to get her husband and son to be hard working too. She is demonstrative, loud, and unconcerned about how she is perceived by her neighbors when she yells at her spouse or son. Her husband works in a factory but occasionally yields to alcohol, which Bertha calls "booze," one of her few English slang terms.

Bikini sunbathers

Like most of the characters in "Swimming Lessons," the sunbathers are minor figures who serve primarily to reveal the narrator's thoughts and feelings. First seen from a distance, they are objects of desire as Kersi ogles them. Later he comes to think of them as "horny old cows."

Kersi

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Mother and Father

The narrator's parents are the only major characters in the story other than himself. They are...

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