Characters By Chapter
Remy Hale
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1ElijahCarterA coal miner. Aka: Pa.
 Cussy MaryCarterElijah's daughter. A Park Horse librarian. Aka: Bluet.
 CharlesDickensEnglish writer and social critic.
 EleanorRooseveltFormer First Lady of the United States.
 CarolineBarnesA widow.
 Franklin D. Roosevelt32nd U.S. President.
 EulaFosterThe head librarian of the Pack Horse Library.
 Agnes Pa's acquaintance.
2Hewitt HartmanCussy's suitor.
 VesterFrazierA Pastor.
 CharlieFrazierCussy's husband.
 Mr.MurphyOwner of horses and cattle.
 Bib A horse.
 Thomas A doctor. Aka: Doc.
3Junia An old mule.
4AngelineMoffitOne of Cussy's library patrons.
 WillieMoffitAngeline's husband.
 HarriettHardinThe bookbinder and assistant librarian supervisor.
 Honey The name of Angeline's child. Aka: Mei Li.
 Minnie Angeline's acquaintance.
 JacksonLovettCussy's new patron.
 JohnnyMosesAgnes's old rented horse.
 Mr.BaxterAgnes' acquaintance.
5MichaelMcKinneyCussy's acquaintance.
6IrvinCobbAmerican author, humorist, editor and columnist.
 JohnSteinbeckAmerican author.
 Mr.PrineOne of Cussy's library patrons.
 LorettaAdamsOne of Cussy's library patrons. Aka: Retta.
7Colton A hard-working miner. Pa's uncle.
 Daniel Pa's older brother.
 JonahWhiteA miner.
 EmmaMcCainAn old midwife.
 WilfredGibsonBritish Georgian poet associated with World War II.
 David HerbertLawrenceAn English writer and poet.
 MarthaHannahOne of Cussy's library patrons.
 FlynnEvansOne of Cussy's library patrons.
 OrenTaftOne of the library patrons.
8Mrs. AbernathyOne of Cussy's library patrons.
 BoldVentureKentucky Derby winner.
 H. L.DavisAmerican novelist.
 LucyMooreBritish-born historian and writer.
 WinnieParkerThe schoolmistress.
 QueenieJohnsonNegro Pack Horse librarian.
 Birdie A young Pack Horse librarian. Aka: Bird Nest.
 Franklin Queenie's husband.
 Willow Queenie's grandmother.
 Aletha Doc's housekeeper.
9Lucy One of the students.
 LucyFitch PerkinsAmerican illustrator and writer of children's book.
 Albert Winnie's husband.
 Henry One of the students.
 Nessie One of the students.
 LauraIngalls WilderAn American writer.
 Clementine One of the students.
 Norton One of the students.
10Abby GreenRockefellerAmerican socialite and philanthropist.
 Nester RylieMartha Hannah's acquaintance.
 Devil JohnSmithMartha Hannah's husband.
 Junior One of Martha Hannah's children.
 Lettie One of Martha Hannah's children.
 Colleen One of Martha Hannah's children.
 Carson One of Martha Hannah's children.
 Lawsy One of Martha Hannah's children.
 William A child collecting berries.
 Myrtle One of Loretta Adams' cats.
 Milkweed One of Loretta Adams' cats.
11LeeSturgilA coal miner.
12R.C. ColeOne of Cussy's library patrons.
 HallieColeR.C. Cole's mother. The first female fire watcher in Kentucky.
 Mr. BeckRuth's father.
 Ruth R.C. Cole's girlfriend.
 Maude Queenie's rented horse.
 Bill A postmaster.
 Patrick Mrs. Evans son.
 Abigail Patrick's wife.
 Sallie Patrick and Abigail's daughter.
 Maybelle A cow.
 Mr. EvansPatrick's father.
 TimmyFlynnA library patron.
 Mrs.FlynnTimmy's mother.
 PellGardnerOne who gave tips on whittling.
14GracieBanksA postmistress.
16Lydia Doc's late wife.
 RandallMillsA mountain doctor.
 Doreen A nun.
20Aldous HuxleyEnglish writer and philosopher.
 Pearl S. BuckAmerican writer and novelist.
22MarieAntoinetteThe last Queen of France.
 BennyGoodmanAmerican clarinetist and bandleader.
 Mr. HamiltonA reputable water witch.
24HowardMooreA coal miner.
 LenaNofcierChairman of the librarian service for the Kentucky PTA.
 Mrs.VanceHarriett's acquaintance.
 MableMossEula's acquaintance.
 Mr. MossMable's husband.
 CoryLincolnHarriett's cousin.
 Paul Birdie's horse.
 ConstancePooleHead of the sewing bee club.
25GordonBrownA miner.
26BetteDavisAmerican actress.
 DaviesKimboA sheriff.
 AllenThompsonKimbo's acquaintance.
27MissPalmerDr. Miles secretary.
 Scott Doc's acquaintance.
29Samuel Birdie's coming son.
32AdamsDaltonTroublesome's banker.
33PabloPicassoSpanish painter.
34ComfortMarshallHenry's mother.
 Mr.BarrieScottish novelist and playwright.
36Susan B.AnthonyAmerican women's rights activist.
 Aaron Queenie's son.
 Mr.PatchettQueenie's boss.
40Eldon Cussy's uncle.
43Lila DawsonA blind widowed woman who has raised four babies.
46WilliamButler YeastsIrish poet.
 Margie Judge's wife.
 Alonzo Loretta Adams's nephew.
 Horace The sheriff's deputy.
 Gibson The mayor.