There are no characters as such in this experimental novel. The reader is given very little reliable information about the four people mentioned in the text, Cora Hull, Canada Jackson, Dale, and the narrator.
Cora Hull is at the center of the novel; the other characters, including the narrator, are usually described in relation to her. Cora may have been killed at the beginning of the novel. Therefore, the rest of the novel may be looked at as an attempt to explain and define Cora’s life. The short, episodic quality of the text includes many intriguing and sometimes contradictory descriptions of Cora.
Cora is presented in many moods and in many ways. Her life, however, does not seem to have a center or a definitive purpose. At one moment, she is a beginning actress who tries out for Off-Broadway shows. Later, she is described as being a famous actress. She is also described, variously, as a member of a black revolutionary group, a member of a white revolutionary group, and a feminist. Cora is a complicated character described in fleeting images that do not give a complete picture of her.
All three of the other characters, including the narrator, are described in relation to Cora. Canada, Dale, and the narrator are suitors of Cora, but none has any lasting relationships. These characters are also described in images that give impressions but form no clear picture. All the characters are in a constant state of flux, never staying...
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