"Why would I go and hurt you with something like that?" pg. 265
“You have to find a mother inside yourself. We all do” pg.288
Lily is a young 14 girl who ran away from home on the look of her mother's history. Her dad T.Ray told her that her mother had left her before the day of her death. Lily is attracted to colored people, she falls in love with Zach August's helper. Lily regrets ever making fun of colored people at school.
"The truth is, your sorry mother ran off and left you. The day she died, she'd come back to get her things, that's all. You can hate me all you want, but she's the one who left you" pg.39
Rosaleen is Lily's maid after Lily's mother died. She becomes like a mom to Lily. Rosaleen was on the way to register when white men started insulting her, she defended herself by spitting on the white men's shoes; lead her to jail. When Lily escaped from home she took Rosaleen with her and flew off together.
“We can’t be together now, Lily, but one day, after I’ve gone away and become somebody, I’m gonna find you, and we’ll be together then” pg.231
August is a colored women who works as a beekeeper and also worked for Lily's mom's mom, she knows why Deborah left Lily and that Deborah was trying to fix the mistake, but couldn't make it happen. She took care of Deborah when she was small. August is a very generous, kind, respectful, understanding, loving, hardworking, and well educated.
“But she’s white, August” pg.87
T.Ray is Lily's cruel dad, he punishes Lily aggressively. Hurts Lily's feeling by telling her the truth about her mom leaving her before her death. At the end of the story Lily knows understands why T.Ray was so cruel to; as Lily grew she looked like her mother so overtime t.Ray saw his daughter he would see the woman who he loved but hurt him by leaving him.
Zach is a colored boy who falls involve with Lily, but tries to not get caught having any physical contact with her, because he can get beaten or killed. Zach wants to become a lawyer he also promises Lily once he becomes somebody he will look for her and then can be together without any problem.
June is a cold hearted woman who doesn't like white people. June is scared to get hurt again so doesn't marry Neil. June thinks all white people are the same, cruel and just looking for trouble. Although June starts loving Lily for Lily's reactions and expression. After May's death June changed : she married Neil and regrets not marrying him when May was alive.