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Duncan is the moody, manipulative graduate student with whom Marian has an affair. He appears to be incapable of loving anyone, as he is so...

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Marian McAlpin

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Marian McAlpin is the protagonist. Toward the end of the book, Marian says, "I'm coping, I'm coping." These words sum up Marian's character....

(The entire section is 389 words.)

Ainsley Tewce

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Ainsley is Marian's roommate. Ainsley represents the progressive, alternative woman. She is aggressive and determined. She shuns the role...

(The entire section is 338 words.)

Fischer Smythe

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Fish is a graduate student and roommate of Duncan. His most prominent scene is at what David L. Harkness, in his essay "Alice in Toronto: The...

(The entire section is 190 words.)

Peter Wollander

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Peter is Marian's fiancé. Marian considers Peter a good catch: "He was ordinariness raised to perfection." He is a lawyer whose status is...

(The entire section is 364 words.)

Other Characters

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Clara Bates
Clara is a somewhat neglected and very pregnant friend of Marian McAlpin, the protagonist. Marian has...

(The entire section is 777 words.)