Here are a couple of other important characters:
Makepeace Mayfield is Bethia's brother. When it is time to go away to school, Bethia must go as well, but she must serve as an indentured servant to the head master of Cambridge, the prep school associated with Harvard. Makepeace and his sister have a tenuous relationship, but Bethia tries to stand on her own as much as possible.
At Cambridge, Bethia meets Samuel, the son of the head master and a student at Harvard. He is an intellectual who sees and values Bethia's intelligence. They have their ups and downs, but eventually marry and live a long, happy life together.
At Cambridge, Bethia meets Anne, a young Indian woman. It is eventually revealed that she is pregnant and unmarried. When she miscarries the baby, Bethia is there to help her, but there is much controversy surrounding how far along the pregnancy was, and no one believes that she didn't get pregnant at the school. Under threat of public punishment, Anne leaves in secret, and goes to live on the island where Bethia grew up. Anne and Joel, another Indian student, planned to marry, but Joel was killed in an accident.