Master List of Characters
Valerian Street—the wealthy American who began developing the island and has now retired there at his estate, L’Arbe de la Croix; age 70.
Margaret Lordi Street—Valerian’s second wife, who bears his only child; a former beauty queen from Maine.
Sydney Childs—Valerian’s black butler for the last 40 years.
Ondine Childs—Sydney’s wife; cook for the household; called Nanadine by her niece Jadine.
Jadine Childs—25-year-old niece of the Childs; a high-fashion model in Paris and New York; sometimes called Jade.
Son—a sailor who has jumped ship and is found hiding in Margaret’s closet; also known as the unnamed sailor, the intruder, and William Green; Jadine’s lover.
Michael Street—Valerian and Margaret’s only child, now nearly 30 years of age, who has not visited the island in several years.
Yardman—the handyman for the Streets; Gideon is his real name.
Therese Foucault—Gideon’s aunt; Valerian’s laundress, whom he knows as Mary.
Dr. Robert Michelin—a dentist from Algiers; Valerian’s friend; invited to the island for Christmas.
Woman in yellow—woman whom Jade encounters in a Paris store.
Ryk—Jadine’s European white suitor, who wants to marry her; sent her a sealskin coat for Christmas.
Celestina and Alicia—twin aunts of Margaret’s father; red-haired residents of Buffalo.
Joseph and Leonora Lordi—Margaret’s parents.
Valerian’s four uncles—train Valerian for the candy business.
B. J. Bridges—Michael’s teacher and invited guest for Christmas; a poet.
Alma Estee—a black girl who sometimes lives with Gideon and Therese.
Miss Tyler—a piano teacher for the unnamed sailor (Son).
Frisco—a man who had hired Son to clean fish.
Cheyenne—Son’s dead, unfaithful wife, whom he accidentally killed.
Nommo—street girl in New York; befriended by Son.
Carl—the black man who drove Son and Jadine in Eloe.
Soldier, Drake, and Ernie Paul—Son’s old friends in Eloe.
Old Man—Son’s father; real name, Franklin G. Green.
Aunt Rosa—Son’s aunt in Eloe, with whom Jadine stays at night.
Sally Brown—Cheyenne’s mother, who wanted to avenge her daughter’s death by killing Son.
Dawn, Aisha, Felicite, and Betty—Jadine’s friends in New York.
Horace, Frank G, Francine, and Parky Green—Son’s siblings.