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Spiros Antonapoulos - mute man who John Singer loves to the point of adulation. He is placed in an insane asylum where he eventually dies.
Charles Parker - cousin of Antonapoulos who owns a candy store and places Antonapoulos in the asylum.
Alice Brannon - married to Biff, a very dissatisfied wife who helps her husband run the hotel and cafe. She dies midway through the novel.
William "Willie" Copeland - man who works in the kitchen at the New York cafe. He is the brother of Portia and the son of Dr. He gets into a fight, is sent to a chain gang work camp and is tortured so severely by the guards that his feet have to be amputated.
Ralph Kelly - Mick’s infant younger brother for whom she is responsible.
George "Bubber" Kelly - Mick’s younger brother by a few years. He accidentally shoots his idol, Baby Wilson, and is never the same again.
Hazel Kelly - Mick’s older sister, eighteen years old at the novel’s opening, second oldest child in the family.
Etta Kelly - Mick’s older sister, who is obsessed with the dream of getting into the movies. She becomes sick and is in bed for most of the novel.
Mrs. Kelly - Mick’s mother, who only makes two appearances in the novel and is otherwise busy working cleaning the rooms of the boarders.
Portia Copeland - housekeeper at the Kelly house and a sort of mother substitute for Mick and the other children.
Highboy - Portia’s husband.
Mr. Clark Patterson - man who runs the carnival where Jake Blount works. He is very fat and sits inside his trailer all day long smoking marijuana.
Harry Minowitz - neighbor of Mick’s age, he is preoccupied with the war and the Nazi treatment of the Jews. He and Mick have sex one day and he feels so guilty that he runs away from home.