The protagonist, and is married to Willie. Winnie is buried in a mound of earth that grows higher each day as Willie lies in a hole behind her. She fills up her days with talk that Willie ignores, rituals with implements from her black bag, and with the nearly constant optimistic proclamation that today will be a "happy day."
in-depth analysis of Winnie.
Married to Winnie and is her foil. Willie crawls in and out of his hole behind her and is generally off-stage. He ignores Winnie most of the time, either sleeping or reading his newspaper.
in-depth analysis of Willie.
Shower/Cooker and fiancée
An imaginary couple that Winnie conjures up. Winnie sees them as holding hands and holding bags in their free hands, while they watch and discuss Winnie's condition.
A young girl. Winnie tells Mildred's story about undressing her doll in the middle of the night. It is unclear if Mildred is the young Winnie, or a pure fantasy.
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