Don Pedro Pablo Ontiveros
Don Pedro Pablo Ontiveros (PEH-droh PAHB-loh ohn-tee-VEH-rohs), called Pepablo (peh-PAHB-loh), an aged, easygoing Argentine ranch owner. He dies when woodmen start cutting his trees.
Midas Ontiveros (MEE-dahs), Pepablo’s heir and a failure at everything.
Marcela (mahr-SEH-lah), Midas’ daughter, who wants to restore the rundown ranch but is too proud to follow the practices of the gringos. Finally, she recognizes their good qualities and marries Alfonso.
Aquiles (ah-KEE-lehs) and
Héctor (EHK-tohr), Marcela’s brothers.
Doña Claudia (KLOW-dee-ah), Midas’ mother-in-law.
Isidro Puentes (ee-SEE-droh PWEHN-tehs), the gringo owner of the adjoining ranch, which once was the property of Carpio.
Alfonso (ahl-FOHN-soh), Isidro’s son.
Roque Carpio (RROH-keh KAHR-pee-oh), a former convict who kills his unfaithful wife. While trying to kidnap Marcela, he is stabbed to death with her scissors.
Froilán Palacios (froy-LAHN pah-LAH-see-ohs), the overseer of Pepablo’s ranch.
Doña Silvestre (seel-VEHS-treh), his wife.
Difunto (dee-FEWN-toh), another overseer.
Leopolda (leh-oh-POHL-dah), his mannish wife.
Melitón Bazán (meh-lee-TOHN bah-SAHN), a famous hunter.
Don Tertulio (tehr-TEW-lee-oh), who searches Pepablo’s ranch house for treasure.
Mónica (MOHN-ee-kah), the daughter of Froilán. She is Carpio’s only mourner.