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- Alice Hindman, the clerk in Winney’s Dry Goods Store
- Ned Currie, the young newspaper man
Alice arranged and rearranged the stock. She stood near
the front window where she could look down the deserted
street and thought of the evenings when she had walked
with Ned Currie and of what he had said.
“ We will have to stick to each other now.”
The words echoed and re-echoed through the mind of the
maturing woman. Tears came into her eyes. Sometimes
when her employer had gone out and she was alone in the
store she put her head on the counter and wept
”Oh, Ned, I am waiting,”
she whispered over and over, and all the time the creeping
fear that he would never come back grew stronger within her.
- Wash Williams, the telegraph operator
*The Thinker (p.128-142)
- Seth Ruchmond, the son of Clearance( stone quarryman)
and Virginia（his wife)
- Helen White, the banker’s daughter
Seth and Helen walked through the streets beneath the tree,
Heavy clouds had drifted across the face of the moon, and
before them in the deep twilight went a man with a short
ladder against the wooden lamp-post, lighted the village lights
so that their way was half lighted, half darkened, by the lamps
and by the deepening shadows cast by the low-branched tree.
In the tops of the trees the wind began to play, disturbing the
sleeping birds so that they flew about calling plaintively.
In the lighted space before one of the lamps, two bats wheeled
and circled, pursuing the gathering swarm of night flies.
- A Stranger, who was a tall, red-haired young man.
- Tom Hard who had a seven-year-old daughter
“ I came here to quit drinking,”
he said, and tears began to
run down his cheeks. He did not look at Tom Hard, but leaned
forward and stared into the darkness as though seeing a vision.
“I ran away to the country to be cured, but I am not cured.
There is a reason.”
He turned to look at the child who sat up very straight on
her father’s knee and returned the look.
The stranger touched Tom Hard on the arm.
”Drink is not the only thing to which I am addicted,” he said.
“There is something else. I am a lover and have not found
my thing to love. That is a big point if you know enough to
realize what I mean. It makes my destruction inevitable, you see.
There are few who understand that.”
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