- Mrs. Kitty Warren: An attractive, middle-aged businesswoman and former prostitute, made wealthy by running a string of brothels.
- Mr. Praed: A friend of Mrs. Warren, middle-aged and attractive, a good man.
- Sir George Crofts: Mrs. Warren's business partner. A middle-aged, stodgy, entitled member of the upper class.
- Reverend Samuel Gardner: A local minister and (possibly) Vivie's biological father.
- Vivie Warren: Mrs. Warren's daughter, recently graduated from university with honours.
- Frank Gardner: Youthful son of Reverend Gardner.
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