Batiste Borrull (bah-TEES-teh bohr-RREWL), a tenant farmer near Valencia, Spain, who vainly fights public opinion.
Roseta (roh-SEH-tah), his daughter, a worker in a Valencia silk mill.
The Bishop, his chubby youngest son, who dies from exposure after being beaten and thrown into a water-filled ditch by his schoolmates.
Pimentó (pee-mehn-TOH), the community bully, fatally wounded by Borrull.
Pepeta (peh-PEH-tah), Pimentó’s anemic but hard-working wife.
Barret (bah-RREHT), the previous occupant of the Cabin, evicted for nonpayment of rent. He murders his landlord, Don Salvador.
Rosario (roh-SAHR-ee-oh), one of Barret’s three daughters, all of whom end up as prostitutes.
Don Salvador, a greedy landowner and usurer.
The Sons of Salvador
The Sons of Salvador, who continue their father’s evil practices.
Joaquín (wah-KEEN), a schoolteacher.
Tonet (toh-NEHT), in love with Rosario.
Old Tomba (TOHM-bah), a blind shepherd and prophet of doom.