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A DAY NO PIGS WOULD DIE BY ROBERT NEWTON PECK
A classmate of Robert who teases him about his Shaker clothing and manners.
Robert’s Aunt who is very prim and proper and lives with the Peck family on the farm. She secretly gives Robert a dime to spend at the Rutland Fair.
Mr. Ben Tanner
A good neighbor to the Pecks and a successful farmer. He is the owner of Apron, the cow that Robert saves. In return, he gives Robert a pig of his very own. He also takes Robert to the Rutland Fair, which is the boy’s first trip out of Learning.
Mrs. Bess Tanner
The wife of Mr. Tanner. She goes with Mr. Tanner and Robert to the Rutland Fair. Like her husband, she is a Godfearing Baptist.
A friend of Robert. The two boys often get in to mischief, like the time they run through the Widow Bascom’s strawberry patch, only to be whacked by her with a broom.
A friend of Mrs. Peck and former English teacher who decides to tutor Robert. She lives in town in Learning and frequently comes to the Peck farm for a visit, often bringing gossip. Robert calls her Aunt Matty and finds her appearance and behavior to be strange; he is frightened of her because she is a staunch Baptist.
The husband of Martha. He is a decent, but dull, man who never smiles. He is supposedly indignant that the Widow Bascom seems to be having an affair with her hired help.
The wife of Sebring and a neighbor to the Pecks from up the road. She calls on the Pecks in the middle of a stormy night to seek their help and comfort. Her husband has gone out in the storm and she suspects he is digging up the grave of one of Mr. Peck’s relatives.
May’s husband and the Peck’s neighbor. He has fathered Letty Phelps’ illegitimate daughter and never admitted it to anyone. Letty has drowned her daughter and killed herself. Sebring is haunted by the deaths and his sin. He goes to Letty’s grave in the middle of a stormy night to dig up his daughter’s coffin and take it home to bury on Hillman land. It is his way of owning up to his sin and guilt.
Widow Iris Bascom
A neighbor of the Pecks. She is supposedly having an affair with her hired hand, Ira Young. She also whacks Robert and his friend for running through her strawberry patch and tells Mrs. Tanner how badly Robert wants to go to the Rutland Fair.
The hired hand of Widow Bascom. He is a large, strong man, who works hard.
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