A Pale View of Hills


  • Etsuko – main protagonist; middle-aged Japanese woman
  • Keiko – Etsuko's elder daughter who commits suicide
  • Niki – Etsuko's second daughter, by her English husband
  • Sachiko – woman known to Etsuko, and, possibly, a third person on whom Etsuko projects bad memories, thoughts, and events
  • Mariko – Sachiko's daughter, and, possibly, a representation of Etsuko's daughter, Keiko
  • Jiro – Etsuko's first husband
  • Ogata-san – Jiro's father
  • Frank – man that Sachiko was going to America with
  • Mrs. Fujiwara – the owner of noodle shop who gave Sachiko a job
  • Hanada – Jiro's friend who threatened his wife with a golf club
  • Shigeo Matsuda – a student in Ogata-san's class

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