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The main character and narrator. The story takes place on her eleventh birthday, and her narrative is comprised of her many thoughts about growing up, as exemplified in the incident with the sweater when Mrs. Price forces her to claim even though it doesn’t belong to her.
Read an in-depth analysis of Rachel.
Rachel’s teacher. Mrs. Price wields her authority capriciously, forcing Rachel to take the sweater and then put it on when Rachel continues to protest.
Read an in-depth analysis of Mrs. Price.
A girl in Rachel’s class who suggests the sweater belongs to Rachel. Rachel believes Sylvia doesn’t like her.
A girl in Rachel’s class who eventually claims the sweater.