MISS EMILY GRIERSON. In her later years, she is described as a short, "fat woman in black" who used an ebony cane. She appeared bloated, with "haughty black eyes," and her hair eventually turned "iron-grey." In her younger days, she had sported a "slender figure," as seen in the picture with her father. After he died, she cut her hair short for a time in the style of a young girl.
EMILY'S FATHER. There is no real description of him in the story, only the mention of the picture with his daughter in which he is portrayed in silhouette, holding a horsewhip.
HOMER BARRON. The visiting Yankee foreman of a construction company, Homer is described as a "big, dark, ready man, with a big voice and eyes lighter than his face." He loved to tell stories, enjoyed the company of men, and became very popular with those he got to know. He was often seen wearing a hat and yellow gloves and smoking a cigar.