Who are the characters in Gabriel Garcia Marquez's "A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings"? 

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Gabriel Garcia Marquez's short story "A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings" has few key characters. They are listed and described below:

Pelayo and Elisenda: the couple at whose house the Old Man with Enormous Wings mysteriously appears. They make a lot of money from people who want to see the old man and are able to build a large mansion. They see the old man as more of a nuisance than a blessing.

Old Man with Enormous Wings: old, sick man who has large vulture-like wings. He appears after a storm in the courtyard of Pelayo and Elisenda's house. He does not speak, and after several years is finally able to regain his strength and fly away. 

Neighbor woman: she declares the old man is an angel and recommends Pelayo and Elisenda club him to death because she does not trust angels.

Father Gonzaga: the local priest who comes to examine the old man. He declares the man is not an angel because he smells and does not have the dignity of angels. 

The child: Pelayo and Elisenda's son, a newborn at the time the angel appears. As he grows, the child is the only person the old man tolerates.

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