List of Characters
She is the middle child of Matt and Ruth Fowler. She is married and lives in Syracuse. She attends the funeral for Frank and returns to her home with her husband.
Frank is the son of Matt and Ruth Fowler. He is a graduate student in economics at a local university. He is dating Mary Ann Strout and is four years her junior. Frank offers a light-heartedness when talking with his father about the increasing tension between himself, Richard, and Mary Ann. He is murdered at Mary Ann’s home with her two sons present. Richard Strout shoots him in the chest and in the face.
Matt is a store owner in a small town in Massachusetts. He is Ruth’s husband and the father of Frank, Steve, and Cathleen. Matt feels increasing pressure to respond to Frank’s murder. He and his wife are frustrated by the presence of Richard Strout when they see him on their small town streets as he is out on bail.
She is Matt’s wife and the mother of Frank, Steve, and Cathleen. Ruth shares her deep fears over Frank’s relationship with Mary Ann. She also shows considerable anguish as they await the trial for Richard Strout.
He is the twenty-eight-year-old son of Matt and Ruth Fowler. He is married and lives in Baltimore where he manages the branch office of a bank. At the funeral, in reference to Richard Strout, Steve says, “I should kill him.”
Richard is a twenty-six-year-old man living in the same area as the Fowlers. He was a high school athlete who won a football scholarship to the University of Massachusetts. After quitting college just before being expelled due to poor grades, Richard returns to his small town and works as a bartender. He had rejected an opportunity to follow in his father’s construction business, and he...
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