Amelia Evans - Owns the Sad Cafe and is a tall, powerful, independent, shrewd, industrious, and capable loner.
Cousin Lymon - A sociable man who enjoys entertaining the townsfolk with tall tales. He claims to be a cousin of Amelia and despite his being a dwarf and a hunchback, she adores him.
Marvin Macy - An outlaw and ex-husband of Miss Amelia. He returns to town when he is released from prison.
Narrator - An unnamed, omniscient resident of the town. His observations and memories are the story.