- Nicholas Urfe – The protagonist, a 25-year-old Englishman who goes to Greece to teach English and one day stumbles upon 'the waiting room.'
- Alison Kelly – Nicholas' recent Australian girlfriend, whom he abandons to go to Greece.
- Maurice Conchis – Wealthy intellectual who is a main player in the masques.
- Lily de Seitas – Young woman who is involved in the masques and with whom Nicholas falls in love.
- Joe – young black gypsy, involved in the masques.
- Maria – Conchis' maid.
- Demetriades – fellow teacher at the school.
- Lily de Seitas (older) – Lily's mother.
- Rose de Seitas – Lily's identical twin sister
- Benji de Seitas – the younger brother of the Seitas twins.
- Kemp – Unmarried woman who rents Nicholas a room in London.
- Jojo – Young girl whom Nicholas pays to accompany him.
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- Gustav Nygaard
- Henrik Nygaard
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