These fictional characters appear in the short work "No Period". Given the structure of the work, most of its fictional characters have been placed on a single page.
Historical figures have been given their own respective pages.
Unnamed Narrator's Daughter
A Jewish-American writer discussed his failed marriage with his daughter after she'd had her heart broken a few times herself. Although she was his daughter with his second wife, she understood the writer's quirks. However, she did wonder why he hadn't listened to his friends in the first place when they told him he was crazy. He responded by quoting Robert Burns' "To a Louse" at her.
Unnamed Narrator's First Wife
A Jewish-American writer set out to tell a story, but instead began contemplating his first wife and their failed marriage. This led to a thought-experiment in which the writer contemplated rewriting various points in history to see if the marriage could be saved. In the end, the writer concluded that there was no period in history that could be changed to save the marriage.
Unnamed Narrator's Former Father-in-Law
Thanks to his his former father-in-law, a Jewish-American writer learned that Finland was a co-belligerent of Nazi Germany during World War II. The dour old man had flown a Fokker D.XXI against the Soviets. He also called World War II the "Continuation War". He'd stared at the writer with cold blue eyes as if he always had the writer in his sights.
Unnamed Narrator's Former Mother-in-Law
While contemplating whether his first failed marriage could have been saved, a Jewish-American writer briefly imagined a world in which Napoleon conquered Europe. He realized that Napoleon's troops would have invaded Germany, and his first wife's mother had roots in Germany, thereby reducing the likelihood that she would have existed as the writer knew her.
Unnamed Narrator's Mother
When a Jewish-American writer's first marriage failed, he found he could not make his mother understand what had happened. He was surprised by how much pain she expressed, then realized that lack of communication across the generations was a two-way street.
Unnamed Narrator's Second Wife
Although his first marriage failed, a Jewish-American writer subsequently married his second wife, who understood him and his quirks, including his penchant for thought experiments about saving his first marriage.