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LIST OF CHARACTERS
The teenaged son of Elizabeth, he is intelligent and sensitive. The novel traces his growth from childhood to adolescence.
Step-father of John, he is a hypocrite. As a dean of the church at Harlem, he appears respectful and just but nurtures feelings of prejudice against John and behaves sternly with the boy.
Johnís mother and Gabrielís second wife. In youth, she elopes with Richard and gives birth to his child. After Richardís death, she marries Gabriel.
Sister of Gabriel, she is a woman of character and principles. She is unlucky as a daughter and a wife but takes the responsibility of acting as Gabrielís conscience keeper.
The unfortunate teenager who is raped and discarded by a white man. She is selfless and devout. She gives moral support to Gabriel after the death of the latterís mother and later, marries him.
The charming girl who ensnares Gabriel to share a relationship with her and later, gives birth to his child. She works as a cook in the same house where Gabriel works as a helper.
The illegitimate son of Gabriel and Esther. In adolescence, he lands into trouble and gets killed by white youth in Chicago.
Son of Gabriel and Elizabeth, he loves life and is daring. He hates his father for imposing his authority on him and restricting his freedom.
The young and handsome preacher at the Baptist church at Harlem, he is sensible and serene. He acts as a guide to John and helps him get salvation.
The charming teenager who attends the service at the church at Harlem with her grand mother. When she becomes friendly with Elisha, the elders in the church warn her and her companion and separate them.
Johnís kid sister, she is sprightly and talkative.