Please describe briefly the main characters in chapter 2 of The Hiding Place.

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Chapter 2 of The Hiding Place is still in the background portion of the memoir, so Corrie Ten Boom, the speaker and main character, is describing her life as a young girl in Holland.

Other than Corrie herself, the other characters who hold perhaps the most significance in this...

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Chapter 2 of The Hiding Place is still in the background portion of the memoir, so Corrie Ten Boom, the speaker and main character, is describing her life as a young girl in Holland.

Other than Corrie herself, the other characters who hold perhaps the most significance in this chapter are her parents, who are both kind, intelligent, and well-respected people both in the community and with their family. All of their children feel comfortable asking them difficult questions. Corrie's siblings also are present in this chapter including her brother, Willem, and her sisters, Nollie and Betsie. All of Corrie's siblings are older and are therefore protective of their youngest sister. Other characters who play a role in the chapter are the "Tantes": Jans, Anna, and Bep, who tend to be disapproving.

Throughout the whole of the chapter, as well as the memoir, the element of "character" of faith also comes into play. Corrie's parents, siblings, and other family members are all deeply religious, which influences Corrie in her later life.

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Chapter 2, "Full Table," describes Corrie ten Boom's childhood. The main characters in the chapter are:

Corrie--the author and protagonist, or person who the story is about.

Casper ten Boom--Corrie's father. He is well-loved in the Haarlem community. He works as a watchmaker and repairer. In this chapter, Corrie recalls how she loved to go to Amsterdam with him, where he would buy parts for watches.

Mama ten Boom--Corrie's mother. Mama would often visit the poor, and Corrie tells of visiting a home in which a baby had died. That was the first time Corrie had been faced with death.

Tante Jens, Tante Bep, and Tante Anna--Corrie's aunt, her mother's sisters. The aunts are very disappointed in Corrie's behavior on the first day of school. Corrie didn't want to go, and refused to budge from the front steps. Her father had to unwind her fingers from the rail. The aunts disapproved and talked about what how defiant she was.

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