Jenny Brown and
David Scott, young American painters living together in a tortured, on-again, off-again relationship, unable even to agree whether their first destination after landing in Europe will be Spain or France.
Dr. Schumann, the ship’s doctor. He has a serious heart condition. More than any other character, he is remote from common prejudices, tensions, and jealousies, but he becomes enamored of La Condesa.
La Condesa (kohn-DEH-sah), a dissolute noblewoman being deported from Cuba to Tenerife.
Siegfried Rieber (REE-behr) and
Lizzie Spöckenkieker (SHPEH-kehn-kee-kehr), a couple on board the ship. He is the publisher of a ladies’ garment trade magazine, and she is in the ladies’ garment trade. He is short and round, and is separated from his wife. She is taller, scrawny, and long divorced. Their bumptious and never quite consummated courtship lasts almost the whole voyage.
Professor Hutten and
Mrs. Hutten (HEWT-tehn), who are returning to Germany after his long tenure as head of a German...
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