Farley is an American and is described as being a “short fat man.” He, like the other characters, serves as a symbol for his home country. He knows André Rivière, although their connection is never explained. His yacht, where the men gamble, is named after Newport, a city in Rhode Island that was famous for the many rich “robber barons” who lived there. Given both the possession of a yacht and its namesake, Farley is presumably an extremely wealthy man. When the group plays cards, Farley and Jimmy Doyle are “the heaviest losers,” which might at first suggest that the United States is also a loser when competing with other countries. But given Farley’s immense wealth, it is likely that his losses won’t affect him as much as Jimmy’s will affect Jimmy. The story, then, seems to portray Americans as being crass and unsophisticated compared to the Europeans, and yet also so wealthy and powerful that it doesn’t matter.