Eusebio (ay-ew-SAY-byoh), one of two infants abandoned by a wayside cross. Surviving several disasters in which the sign of the cross is miraculously manifested, he feels himself ennobled by his devotion to the cross and worthy of Julia, whom he loves. After he kills her brother, Lisardo, in a duel, she orders him out of her life. He turns bandit and spares only victims who mention the cross. During ensuing adventures, he learns his identity; that of his father, Curcio; and that of his brother and sister, Lisardo and Julia. Fatally wounded, he wins redemption because of his devotion to the cross.
Julia (HEW-lyah), who is loved by Eusebio. Later, by the sign of the cross on her breast, she is revealed as Eusebio’s sister, the other infant abandoned at the wayside cross.
Lisardo (lee-SAHR-doh), Julia’s brother, killed in a duel by Eusebio and later revealed to be Eusebio’s brother.
Curcio (KEWR-thyoh), the father of Eusebio, Julia, and Lisardo. A baseless suspicion of his wife’s unfaithfulness causes him to abandon the twins, Eusebio and Julia, by a wayside cross. When he fatally wounds Eusebio in a fight, his son’s identity is established by the cross on his body.
Father Alberto (ahl-BAYR-toh), a priest whose life is saved by the bandit Eusebio. In thankfulness for being spared, he hears the outlaw’s last confession.
Gil (heel) and
Menga (MEHN-gah), peasant witnesses to the duel between Eusebio and Lisardo.