Who are the characters in "The Man in a Case"?

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There are several important characters in Chekhov's short story "The Man in a Case." Burkin is important because he relates the tragic story of Byelikov. He has first-hand knowledge of events since he lives and works near Byelikov, so he is able to see a good deal of what transpires. Burkin is the only one who expresses sympathy for Byelikov when everyone else despises him for his strange behavior. He is the closest to being a friend to Byelikov, urging him to marry Varinka instead of overthinking every step he takes.

Byelikov is an odd man who wears galoshes and a coat and carries an umbrella, no matter what the weather is like. Everything he has is in a case; in fact, Burkin comments that...

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