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- Doctor Reefy
- Elizabeth Willard, George’s mother
- Tom Willard, a clerk, Elizabeth’s husband
In the big empty office the man and the woman sat looking
at each other and they were a good deal alike. Their bodies
were different, as were also the color of their eys, the length
of their noses, and the circumstances of their existence,
but something inside them meant the same thing, wanted the
same release, would have left the same impression on the
memory of an onlooker.
Like all the women in the world, she wanted a real lover.
Always there was something she sought blindly, passionately,
some hidden wonder in life. The tall beautiful girl with the
swinging stride who had walked under the trees with men
was forever putting out her hand into the darkness and
trying to get hold of some other hand. In all the babble of
words that fell from the lips of the men with whom she
adventured she was trying to find what would be for her
the true word.
- George Willard, a village boy ( a reporter)
- Helen White, a banker’s daughter
There is a time in the life of every boy when he for the
first time takes the backward view of life. Perhaps that is
the moment when he crosses the line into manhood.
The boy is walking through the street of his town.
He is thinking of the future and of the figure he will cut
in the world. Ambitions and regrets awake within him.
Suddenly something happens; he stops under a tree and
waits as for a voice calling his name. Ghosts of old things
creep into his consciousness; the voices outside of himself
whisper a message concerning the limitations of life.
From being quite sure of himself and his future he becomes
not at all sure. If he be an imaginative boy a door is torn open
and for the first time he looks out upon the world, seeing ,
as though they marched in procession before him, the
countless figures of men who before his time have come
out of nothingness. The sadness of sophistication has come
to the boy.
- George Willard, etc.
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