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The sister of Miss Della Jones, who is called "grinning Hattie," and is said not to be quite right.
Miss Della Jones’s aunt. She walks up and down Sixteenth Street talking to herself. The County would not take her in because she was not harming anyone.
Pecola’s fourteen year old brother.
The owner of Yacobowski’s Fresh Veg. Meat and Sundries Store, from whom Pecola buys Mary Jane candies.
A prostitute who lives in an apartment above the Breedloves. She spends much time creating new hairstyles and make-up styles.
Also called Maginot Line, a prostitute who lives in an apartment above the Breedloves. She tells Pecola long stories that get stuck when she narrates a good dinner. The church women especially scorn her. She was said to have "killed people, set them on fire, poisoned them, cooked them in lye."
A prostitute who lives in an apartment above the Breedloves. She sings the blues.
A "high-yellow dream child." She is from a moneyed family and has the light skin admired by other African Americans.
Bay Boy,Woodrow Cain, Buddy Wilson, Junie Bug
Fur school boys who taunt Pecola Breedlove with the insult "black e mo."
Miss Bertha Reese
The proprietor of a small store that stocks candy, snuff, and tobacco, owner of a decrepit old dog named Bob, and landlady to Soaphead Church.
A woman who moved from Mobile, Meridian, or Aiken. A respectable African-American woman trained to avoid all manner of funkiness. She loves her cat more than anyone else. She calls Pecola Breedlove a black bitch.
Geraldine’s son, who knows his mother loves her cat more than she loves him and reacts to this fact by torturing her cat when she is away and by bullying other children who want to play on the playground. He lures Pecola into his house and then hurts her by throwing the cat on her.
A boy in Louis Junior’s school whom he admires along with Bay Boy, and then comes to believe is not as good as he is.
A boy two years younger than Louis Junior with whom he plays but who doesn’t want to do anything.
Ada and Fowler Williams
Pauline Williams Breedlove’s parents.
The white family for whom Pauline Williams works. Among them is a yellow-haired little girl much admired by Pauline.
Cholly Breedlove’s great aunt who rescued him when he was nine days old from abandonment by his mother and then raised him until she died.
Aunt Jimmy’s dead brother, after whom Cholly was named.
Cholly Breedlove’s probable father.
The drayman who worked for Tyson’s Feed and Grain Store, a nice old man who filled the place of father for Cholly Breedlove. He told him "old-timey stories" about the time of the Emancipation, ghost stories about white people, and tales of his sexual prowess with women. He is an alcoholic who is not available when Cholly most needs him.
Aunt Jimmy’s closest friend, who reads the Bible to her when she gets sick.
A healer woman who comes to diagnose Aunt Jimmy. She is six feet tall and she works with a cane.
One of Aunt Jimmy’s friends.
One of Aunt Jimmy’s friends who brings her the peach cobbler that is said to have killed her.
Aunt Jimmy’s brother, who comes to the funeral and helps make arrangements. Cholly is expected to live with O.V. and his family, but instead, he runs away.
Cholly’s fifteen year old cousin who attends the funeral of his Aunt Jimmy.
The girl who walks with Jake.
The girl who walks with Cholly and with whom he experiences his first sexual encounter. It is with Darlene that Cholly is interrupted by white hunters and forced to perform sex for the hunters’ perverse pleasures.
Elihue Micah Whitcomb, a man about the neighborhood of whom Claudia is afraid. He poses as a spiritualist in his present life. He is a misanthropist, a person who hates people, and he is a child molester, a man who sexually desires little girls. He acts out his sexual impulses on little girls whom he bribes with candy. He is the man who makes Pecola Breedlove believe that she can have blue eyes.
A British nobleman who in the early 1800s had a sexual affair with a woman of African descent and began the family that would culminate in Soaphead Church.
A woman who was briefly married to Soaphead Church in his youth. She left him when she realized his intense antipathy toward life.
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