!!Tracy Samantha Lord

->''[[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech "You have a good mind, a pretty face, a disciplined body that does what you tell it to. You have everything it takes to make a lovely woman except the one essential: an understanding heart.]] [[IceQueen And without that you might just as well be made of bronze."]]''

* AffectionateNickname: Dexter generally addresses her as "Red".
* BreakTheHaughty
* CantHoldHerLiquor
* DefrostingTheIceQueen
* InformedFlaw: Her intolerance.
* InSeriesNickname
* RichBitch: Though it's somewhat toned and she does improve over time.
* {{Tsundere}}
* WhiteAngloSaxonProtestant

!!C. K. Dexter Haven

->''"I thought all writers drank to excess and beat their wives. You know at one time I think I secretly wanted to be a writer."''

* TheAlcoholic
* AwesomeMcCoolname
* CompositeCharacter
* DeadpanSnarker
* InformedFlaw: His drunkenness.
* JerkassFacade
* PowerTrio: Dexter is the [[TheKirk ego]].
* RichSuitorPoorSuitor: One of the rich ones.
* TheTeetotaler: Of the recovering [[TheAlcoholic alcoholic]] variety.

!!Macaulay ("Mike") Connor

->'''Tracy:''' ''"Snob."''
->'''Mike:''' ''"Say, what do you mean, 'snob'?"''
->'''Tracy:''' ''"You're the worst kind there is, an intellectual snob. You made up your mind awfully young, it seems to me."''
->'''Mike:''' ''"Well thirty's about time to make up your mind. And I'm nothing of the sort, not Mr. Connor."''

* FishOutOfWater
* InformedFlaw: His cynicism.
* JerkassFacade
* PowerTrio: Mike is the [[TheMcCoy id]].
* RichSuitorPoorSuitor: The poor one.

!!Elizabeth ("Liz") Imbrie

->''"I can't afford to hate anyone; I'm only a photographer."''

* DeadpanSnarker
* FishOutOfWater
* GirlFriday

!!George Kittredge

->''"George. Splendid chap, George. Very high morals. Very broad shoulders."''

* BitchInSheepsClothing
* DisposableFiance
* PowerTrio: George is the [[TheSpock superego]].
* RichSuitorPoorSuitor: One of the rich ones.
* SelfMadeMan