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.

Kersi

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Narrator

The narrator's name is never mentioned in the story, but he is clearly the same Parsi Indian character named Kersi who appears in several of the other stories of the Swimming Lessons collection. Although shy, Kersi is becoming progressively "westernized" and enjoys displaying his new cultural knowledge, such as the make and model of the old man's son's car. He is a keen observer of the people in...

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