BUD TOLLIVER- A tall, think boy of sixteen. He is uneducated and awkward in his movements, and speaks with a light drawl and a decided mountain accent.
UNCLE BILLY- A short, stout man of fifty, decidedly quaint and likeable. He walks slightly lame, leaning on a heavy stick which he uses as a cane.
ELLIE MAY BEAMS- A small girl of fifteen who wears her hair uncombed down her back, whose dress is free of ornamentation, and is without shoes or stockings. Her face is devoid of emotion, and appears permanently bewildered, rarely ever venturing to voice an opinion.
RED FOX- A short man in his fifties. His manner is evasive and he seldom looks at the person he is speaking to. He speaks with a decided mountain dialect.
OLE HON- The typical mountain woman of advanced years. She is possessed of a most determined manner and speaks with a heavy mountain accent.
SAL TOLLIVER- A pretty girl in her early twenties who is pale and listless, giving the impression that she is ailing. Her speech is freer of mountain dialect than the others in her family.
JUNE TOLLIVER- A fragile and lovely girl of seventeen. She is childlike in manner and fascinating in spite of her rough ways and lack of education. She is wistful and shy around strangers, and her love of nature invests her with a shining enthusiasm. She is loyal and sincere, very direct in manner, and never resorts to subterfuge.
JUDD TOLLIVER- A tall, powerfully built mountaineer in his fifties. He is rough in his manner and speech. Only with June, whom he loved devotedly, does he show his softer side.
HANNAH TOLLIVER- Woman in her late forties who has habit of whining when she speaks, though she can be domineering when necessary. Her speech reflects her crude mountain ways.
DAVE TOLLIVER- A tall lanky mountain youth in his late teens. Possesses a surly manner and is decidedly crude and taciturn.
LORETTA TOLLIVER- A pretty girl of sixteen who is inclined to be mischievous and very free spirited in her movements and speech.
JACK HALE- A tall, attractive chap in his mid-twenties who is a stark contrast to the mountain folk. He possesses a fine command of English and speaks with obvious refinement. Manly and courageous, he is poised to adapt to any surroundings. He has an engaging personality, and is frank and sincere.
ANNE SAUNDERS- A tall, attractive girl in her mid-twenties. Refined in manner and speech, and is inclined to be snobbish and superior.
MAW FALIN- A short, wizened woman in her late fifties who speaks with a decided mountain accent.