Obren Radaković, Rajka’s father, a rich merchant from Sarajevo who goes bankrupt. In a very brief role (Rajka is only fourteen years old when he dies), Obren leaves his daughter a weighty and even dangerous legacy, contained in a few guidelines: Do not trust people, depend only on your own strength and resoluteness, save as much as possible, and never allow emotions to govern your life. Another lesson Rajka learns from her father’s experience is that honest work alone is not enough for a successful life. Rajka’s allegiance to her father borders almost on an Oedipus complex, all the more so because her mother is a very weak person.
Radojka Radaković (rah-
Rafo Konforti, a merchant from Sarajevo. A helpful and honest business partner, he helps Rajka learn the trade business without taking advantage of her inexperience. He is swept away by the profound changes during World War I.