Who are the characters in Looking for Mr. Green by Saul Bellow?

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George Grebe

George Grebe is thirty-five and a teacher of classical languages. During the Great Depression, he is forced to work temporarily as a deliverer of relief checks for the handicapped until he can receive his own relief. The neighborhood he works in is primarily black and is poverty-stricken. Though...

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George Grebe

George Grebe is thirty-five and a teacher of classical languages. During the Great Depression, he is forced to work temporarily as a deliverer of relief checks for the handicapped until he can receive his own relief. The neighborhood he works in is primarily black and is poverty-stricken. Though he is poor himself, he is unprepared for the level of misery he finds.

Mr. Raynor

Mr. Raynor is Grebe's supervisor. He is well-educated, and Grebe and Raynor speak together in several languages. But Raynor is far more money-oriented, viewing people based on how much money they make or have.

Mrs. Staika

Mrs. Staika has the local nickname of the Blood Mother of Federal Street because she donates blood for money and brings her children with her while doing so. But she also has this nickname because she has an incredible tenacity when it comes to getting what she wants. She sets up her ironing board at the agency office to protest their failing to pay her electric bill and even calls the newspapers to tell of her protest.

Winston Field

Winston Field is the second person Grebe has to track down. Field is shown to be very similar to Raynor, but he is different in that he has a streak of idealism. Field also judges people based on how much money they make, but he hopes to encourage people to make more money for specific reasons: his plan is to promote the development of high-profile African American employees who then employ black workers in black-owned businesses.

Mrs. Green

Mrs. Green is an overweight nude woman who is very drunk and constantly shouting. Grebe eventually finds her at Mr. Green's address.

Mr. Green

Mr. Tulliver Green never shows up in the story. It is uncertain at the end whether Mrs. Green was actually his wife, and Grebe is too embarrassed to find out for sure.

Minor Characters

A grocer, a janitor, and two tenants in Mr. Green's building are minor characters. They don't trust Grebe as an outsider: a white man in a black neighborhood.

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