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Mrs. May: Mrs. May is a widow and the owner of a dairy farm. She lives with her two adult sons who consistently fall short of her expectations. Her nemesis is Mr. Greenleaf, her hired help. In the story, Mrs. May struggles to accept her lot in life and envies Mr. and Mrs. Greenleaf for their good fortune and thriving health.

She is particularly jealous that the Greenleaf twins are industrious young men who have made good marriages. The Greenleaf twins have also supposedly built a milking parlor in the Greenleaf family barn. When a bull belonging to the twins causes great damage on her farm, she demands that Mr. Greenleaf shoot the bull. However, the story concludes tragically for Mrs. May, who ends up being gored to death by the Greenleaf bull.

Scofield: Scofield is Mrs. May's eldest son. He is thirty-six years old, robust, impudent, and often mean-spirited. Scofield served two years in the army and retired with the rank of Private First Class. He is unmarried and prides himself on being the best insurance salesman in the African American community. His pride in his accomplishments is the source of Mrs. May's angst, however. She is troubled by Scofield's disagreeable temperament and irreverent attitudes.

Wesley: Wesley is Mrs. May's youngest son. She worries about him constantly. Wesley is described as a bald, thin, sickly, and nervous man, who seems obsessed with intellectual pursuits. For his part, Wesley is unmarried as well. He seems to detest life, society, and the idea of courting respectable young women.

O.T. and E.T.: The Greenleaf twins are well-mannered, illustrious, and diligent young men. They are seemingly the complete opposites of Mrs. May's sons. Both young men served...

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