Study Guide

De Daumier-Smith's Blue Period Characters

By J.D. Salinger

Jean De Daumier-Smith

At nineteen, Jean (not his real name) is a talented art student, who happens to have a habit of...

Robert (Bobby) Agadganian, Jr.

Bobby doesn't feature heavily in the main action of the story, but the story is told in his...

Sister Irma

Sister Irma is Jean's fantasy crush, but he never meets her. She's taking art classes not because...

Mother Superior

The Mother Superior presents an additional wall between Jean and Sister Irma. (The first wall is...

Jean's Mother

Jean's mother, like Sister Irma, is absent from the main story. But, her death in 1938...

Monsieur I. Yoshoto

M. Yoshoto is the director of Les Amis Des Vieux Maitres, ("Friends of the Old Masters"), a...

Madame Yoshoto

Mme. Yoshoto is most notable in the story for cooking fish breakfast, offering Jean eggs, and for...

Bambi Kramer

Bambi Kramer (a pseudonym) is one of Jeans correspondence students. Her favorite artists are Walt...

R. Howard Ridgefield

Howard Ridgefield, "a retired society photographer" is another of Jean's correspondence students....

The Man With No Nose

The man with no nose was reportedly seen by Jean on his happiest day. For a full discussion of...

The Woman In the Window

Jean sees her in the window of the orthopedic appliance shop just before he has his second...

Mrs. X

Mrs. X is a woman Bobby dates. She is present at dinner when Jean tells Bobby he's going to...

Father Zimmermann and Dentist Zimmerman

Father Zimmerman is the priest for whom Sister Irma is substitute teaching. He is also the person...