Joe Cantelli is a young college instructor, whom Mary meets when she is in school. Joe is the first white man Mary dates. Joe and Mary eventually elope, are married in Nevada, and have a daughter, Laurie. After Joe comes into Mary’s life, Mary cuts herself off from her parents and their Japanese culture. Joe offers his home to Mary’s parents after they are interned; however, Mary does not encourage her parents to accept Joe’s offer, and Joe does not insist.
Laurie Cantelli is the baby girl born to Mary and Joe. Laurie does not make an appearance in this story until Taro’s death. At Taro’s funeral, Hana sees her granddaughter for the first time.
Ellen Davis is the good-hearted wife of a surgeon and one of the few white people who befriend the Japanese characters in this story. Ellen employs Hana and also provides work for Taro. She transports Hana and Taro to the internment camp and give them certain provisions to make their stay more comfortable. She does not in any way protest their internment. She supports Hana as best she can, usually by giving her money. She treats Hana humanely, without degrading her, when Hana works as a cleaning woman in Ellen’s house.
Doctor Sojiro Kaneda
Wise Dr. Sojiro Kaneda is a friend of Taro’s and a big supporter of the Japanese community. He treats many of...
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