W. S. B., also known as B., his American friend. He is arrested by French military police for writing letters suspected by the censor. He is transferred from La Ferte to another prison before cummings is released. W. S. B. is actually William Slater Brown.
Rockyfeller, a livid, unpleasant-looking, impeccably dressed Rumanian who causes an uproar the night he arrives at La Ferte.
The Fighting Sheeney, Rockyfeller’s revolting bully-boy, a former pimp.
Joseph Demestre (deh-
Zoo-Loo, a Polish farmer who, ignorant of French and English, communicates by signs. He is a wizard at hiding money from the guards, and he is kind to cummings and B.
Surplice, a friendly, inquisitive little man who finds everything astonishing and whose talk makes even small things seem important and interesting.
Jean le Nègre (zhahn leh nehgr), a gigantic, simple-minded black man given to practical jokes and tall tales. Arrested for impersonating an English officer, he becomes a favorite with the women prisoners. After a fight over Lulu’s handkerchief and the resultant punishment, Jean becomes quiet and shy. When B. is sent away, Jean attempts, with scant success, to cheer cummings with funny stories and whopping lies.
Count F. A. de Bragard, a Belgian painter of horses, a neat, suave gentleman with whom cummings discusses painting and the arts. Before cummings leaves, the count has withdrawn from the other prisoners, his mind finally breaking under the strain of the sordid prison life.
Lulu, Jean’s favorite among the women prisoners; she sends him money and a lace handkerchief.
Judas, a corpulent, blond, large-headed, mop-haired, weak-chinned prisoner who nauseates cummings.
M. le Gestionnaire (gehs-tyohn-