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STUDY GUIDE FOR THE CONTENDER BY ROBERT LIPSYTE
Alfred’s aunt and guardian. She is good-hearted, understanding and caring. She loves Alfred as much as she loves her three girls.
Alfred’s friend. He falls into bad company and becomes a drug addict. Alfred loves him dearly and persuades him to join a rehabilitation clinic.
An older friend of Alfred. He heads the company of black youths who hate the whites and encourage unlawful activities against them. He is responsible for spoiling the character of James.
Major’s friend. He is a partner in all the evil deeds committed by Major and follows him like a shadow.
The owner and manager of the gym where Alfred works out. He is a good teacher and a disciplinarian. Underneath his hard exterior, he has a tender heart that cares for his students and protects them from adversaries.
A former boxing champion who becomes a teacher. Alfred comes to his house in Manhattan to relax before competing in a match.
The son of Mr. Johnson and a helper at the gym. Though afflicted with polio, he works hard to establish his identity as something other than a cripple. He helps Alfred to train to become a champion boxer.
Spoon’s wife and a conscientious schoolteacher. She is kind, generous and a pleasant hostess. Whenever Alfred visits, she takes good care of him.
Assistant to Mr. Donatelli. He acts as a medic, applying balms to the wounded boxers in the ring. As a man, he is frank and forthright.
A jovial dentist who works in his clinic above the gym. He visits the gym to exercise. He also gives protective dentures to the boxers and helps them prepare for the boxing matches.
Aunt Pearl’s affluent sister and Alfred’s aunt. She lives in comfort in Queens with her husband and daughter. She is a good hostess who serves delicious meals to Alfred and Pearl when they visit her on Sundays.
Aunt Dorothy’s husband. He is a contented man with a good home and family. He is proud of the abilities and achievements of his son, Jeff.
The intelligent and enterprising son of Uncle William and Aunt Dorothy, who is also Alfred’s cousin. He is a good student who wants to do community service to help the blacks.
Lynn and Harold
Black youth who become community minded. They persuade Alfred to join them in providing recreation to children.
Horace Marshall Davenport, Junior
A friend of Alfred who practices at the gym. Everyone calls him Jelly Belly because he loves food and is plump.
Charlene and the Twins
The children of Aunt Pearl and cousins of Alfred. They are cute little girls who are in awe of Alfred. Alfred is very fond of them.
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