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She has Kennicott's ability to trust people. She has the child-like curiosity about things. She loves her son and her daughter-in- law. She keeps house for Kennicott before his marriage and returns to her own house in La-qui-Merut to lead her own life. She knows that Kennicott has a serious temperament. So she feels happy and tells Carol that she had taught him to laugh.
Uncle Whittier is Kennicott's mother's brother. They live in Kennicott's house for three months and then buy Ole Jenson's grocery business and settle down. They grill Carol with numerous questions. They laugh at her ideas till she revolts against them. Later on Carol acquires the maturity to realize that they need love and she stops revolting against them.
Sam Clark is the owner of the hardware shop in Gopher Prairie. He earns eight thousand dollars a year. He is a kind man and a good friend of the Kennicotts. At the very first sight Carol knows that she has found a friend in Sam Clark whom she could trust.
He shares Kennicott's interest in hunting. He is so proud of his friends' effort to put up a play that he writes about it to Percy Breshanan and to the hundred dollars he sends, Sam adds twenty-five dollars to finance the dramatic club. As the member of the school board he fights against the dismissal of Fern Mullins because Carol had requested him to save the career of the innocent girl. His wife Ethel is a matronly woman whom Carol loves very much.
Harry Haydock is the joint owner of the Bon Ton stores. After his father's death owns the major share of it. He has acumen for business and is able to open several branches of the Bon Ton stores. His wife Juanita is the president of the Jolly Seventeen and they gossip about every one in the city. But Harry Haydock manages to have his flings with the girl who works in his stores without Juanita's knowledge.
Dave Dyer owns the drug store of Gopher Prairie. He is a very jovial person but when it comes to the question of money he is very stingy. His wife has to beg for money even for the household expenditure. His wife Maud is very good looking. But she is a gossipmonger. She has her own flings with Kennicott but never hesitates to gossip about others. She is a member of Jolly Seventeen and the Thanatopsis.
Owners of the planning mill and the Minnniemashie House. Mrs. Elder is a member of the prestigious Jolly Seventeen. Mr. Elder loves hunting. They also belong to the elite society of Gopher Prairie.