MRS. BENTI - 63, widowed matriarch, German extraction which none of her three children, stamped with her father's Italianate features, reflect.
CARMEN BENTI - 37, unwed mother of Willis.
WILLIS - nominal age 18, but instrument damage at birth has left him physically handicapped and mentally retarded (without impairment of facial features) so he appears both older and younger.
GUS BROWER - 37, Carmens boyfriend.
NETTIE CLEARY - 36, Carmen's sister.
JOHN CLEARY - 40, Nettie's husband.
TIMMY CLEARY - 16, their son.
EDDIE BENTI - 35, Nettie and Carmen's brother.
DOCTOR GOLDMAN - 50, the family physician.