Pat Scully is the proprietor and owner of the Palace Hotel and the father of Johnnie Scully. He has been a resident of Romper, Nebraska for fourteen years, and is an avid and well-respected… (read full character analysis)
The Swede is the most mysterious of all the hotel guests, and little is known about his background. In fact, the other characters speculate on whether he is a Swede at all; the cowboy suggests… (read full character analysis)
Though in moments Scully refers to him as Bill, the cowboy is most often referred to by his moniker throughout the text. The cowboy arrives by train to Romper with the Swede and the… (read full character analysis)
The Easterner, referred to by Scully as Mr. Blanc, is a small, unassuming man. He arrives by train with the other hotel guests and is quiet and agreeable for the majority of the story. The… (read full character analysis)
Johnnie's mother remains nameless in the text, and only appears once, to scold her husband Scully and take care of her son Johnnie after he loses the fight with the Swede. She is significant… (read full character analysis)
Henry, the barkeeper, serves the Swede alcohol when he arrives in the saloon after leaving the Palace Hotel. When tensions rise between the Swede and the other saloon patrons, Henry is obviously on the side… (read full character analysis)
The Old Farmer
– An acquaintance of Johnnie and Scully, he is introduced while playing cards in the hotel with Johnnie when the guests arrive. He gets into a series of arguments with Johnnie over the card game and leaves soon after dinner.