Bassett-- family gardener, treats Paul with a
serious respect, helps Paul place bets on horses. Formerly worked
around horses and racing.
Oscar Cresswell--Paul's uncle and Hester's
brother, learns of Paul’s secret, uses him. Sets up fund to funnel
money to Hester.
Hester--Paul's mother, incapable of loving
others. She feels “her heart had gone, turned actually into a
stone." She is cold, unfeeling, wasteful, and shallow. When
given money she begs for. Instead of paying her debts, she spends
it on new things. There is no gratitude, depriving Paul of the joy
of providing income for his family. Although at the end of the
story Hester becomes increasingly concerned about Paul's
deteriorating health, she still does not love him, even when he
Paul--young boy tries desperately to find
"luck," meaning money, for his mother. He rides his rocking horse
furiously because when he does so, he somehow gets the name of the
horse that will win the next race, winning a lot of money. For the
Derby, he rides himself into a feverish delirium, but he is sure of
the winner. His uncle places a large bet for him. Just as he wins a
fortune, he dies from the fever, for the sake of making money for
the family, particularly his mother. He is so innocent in his
enthusiasm for the game, he directly associates luck with money, so
the gambling seems like a natural solution to the problem.