A Temporary Matter Characters

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Mr. Bradford

Mr. and Mrs. Bradford are neighbors of Shoba and Shukumar. Shoba and Shukumar see them walking by, arm in arm, on their way to the bookstore on the second night of the power outage. TheBradfords seem to be a happily married couple and as such provide a contrast to Shoba and Shukumar. The narrator mentions that theBradfords placed a sympathy card in Shoba and Shukumar's mailbox when they lost their baby.

Shoba

Shoba is a thirty-three-year-old woman who is married to Shukumar. She is described as tall and broad-shouldered. She seems to have been born in the United States of immigrant parents from India, and she has spent considerable time inIndia visiting relatives. She and her husband now live in a house outsideBoston. Shoba works in the city as a proofreader and also takes on extra projects to do at home. She works out at a gym...

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