Johannes Edvard Carlsson
Johannes Edvard Carlsson, the newly hired manager of Widow Flod’s farm. Short and stocky and in the prime of life, he is lively and assertive. He is also selfish, opportunistic, and philandering. His open and passionate—even flirtatious—nature makes him a convivial and optimistic fellow, prone to embellish the truth when it is to his advantage. His skill in overseeing land and people and his good luck cause several ingenious enterprises to flourish under him, despite his lack of a real business sense. The surrounding community enjoys the prosperity for which he is responsible, though even after his death they maintain a suspicion of him as an interloper. He is resourceful and a jack-of-all-trades; he knows agriculture, but his ignorance of fishing and hunting gains for him the scorn of his new stepson. He marries Widow Flod largely to acquire her wealth and land, and he dies through ignorance of how to survive in a storm at sea.
Anna Eva Flod
Anna Eva Flod, the widow who owns the farm and who becomes Carlsson’s wife. Mrs. Flod is a relatively old woman, widowed two years before the story begins. She has kind eyes and a face parched by wind, is envious of the youth and vitality of people around her, and likes to think of herself as still young enough to enjoy wedded bliss. She is easily flattered, falling prey to Carlsson’s trickery and emotional fervor. She is entrenched in the customs and mores of the little fishing community, taking seriously her role of hosting the haymaking festivities and carefully observing traditions at her wedding celebration. A pious woman, she loves her son deeply and looks out for his welfare. She has a...
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