“The First Comers”
Oliver Ball Windrow
Oliver Ball Windrow, a middle-aged woodcarver and philosopher in Stuart England, a man much like Orville Windom. Rejected in his suit for Mary Windling, he marries his housekeeper.
Matilda Bracken, Oliver Windrow’s mute, devoted housekeeper. She marries him and bears him two children.
Mary Windling, a lovely, spirited young friend of Oliver Windrow. She marries a Puritan, moves with him to Holland, and then sails to America on the Mayflower. She dies during the first winter.
John Spong, her sturdy, affectionate, and pious husband. In America, he becomes stern and solemn, disapproving of all his daughter’s suitors.
Remember Spong, the daughter of John and Mary, a lively, pretty young Puritan who attracts several suitors but loves Resolved Wayfare, a Separatist, and finds herself torn between orthodox and independent piety.
Orton Wingate, her middle-aged friend and suitor, a kind man with audacious opinions, much like Orville Windom.
Peter Ladd, her gay, handsome suitor, a sailor and gambler who settles down under her influence but returns to the sea when she refuses him.
Resolved Wayfare, an idealistic young man who follows Roger Williams and eventually wins Remember’s love. The two lovers part with vows of fidelity.
Roger Williams, a rebel of conviction and integrity, a friend of the Indians and the founder of the Rhode Island Colony.