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Gracián Palma

Gracián Palma (grah-see-AHNPAHL-mah), the ward of Don Jesús de Viscarra, to whose estate, Black Valley, he is taken for the summer. He becomes a member of and learns the secrets of Don Jesús’ turbulent family and his equally turbulent neighbors.

Don Jesús de...

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Characters Discussed

Gracián Palma

Gracián Palma (grah-see-AHN PAHL-mah), the ward of Don Jesús de Viscarra, to whose estate, Black Valley, he is taken for the summer. He becomes a member of and learns the secrets of Don Jesús’ turbulent family and his equally turbulent neighbors.

Don Jesús de Viscarra

Don Jesús de Viscarra (heh-SEWS deh bees-KAH-rrah), the guardian of Gracián Palma and owner of Black Valley. Engaged in a lifelong boundary dispute with a neighboring landowner, Don Pablo Camargo, he is shot and killed by his adversary after a lawsuit is decided in Don Jesús’ favor.

Mirra

Mirra (MEE-rrah), Don Jesús de Viscarra’s daughter, who is in love with Gracián Palma.

Flavia

Flavia (FLAH-vee-ah), the sister of Don Jesús. She is the mistress of Don Pablo Camargo and the mother of his daughter, Victoria.

Don Pablo Camargo

Don Pablo Camargo (kah-MAHR-goh), a neighbor of Don Jesús de Viscarra and his sworn enemy. He kills Don Jesús as the result of a boundary dispute. He is the lover of Don Jesús’ sister, Flavia, and the father of her daughter Victoria.

Victoria

Victoria, the natural daughter of Flavia and Don Pablo. She marries Gracián Palma.

Lazarus

Lazarus, the overseer of Black Valley, who is in love with Flavia and the possessor of the secret of her affair with Don Pablo.

Amoroso

Amoroso (ah-mohr-OH-soh), the devoted servant of Flavia.

Pichana

Pichana (pee-CHAH-nah), an old beggar woman.

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