Berlin Characters

Three characters from Goodbye to Berlin, by Christopher Isherwood, published 1939:

"Presently, a strikingly handsome boy of sixteen or seventeen came into the café. His name was Rudi. He was dressed in a Russian blouse, leather shorts, and despatch-rider's boots, and he strode up to our table with all the heroic mannerisms of a messenger who returns successful from a desperate mission. He had, however, no message of any kind to deliver. After his whirlwind entry, and a succession of curt, martial hand shakes, he sat down quite quietly beside us and ordered a glass of tea." (194-5)

Fraulein Schroeder:
"All day long she goes padding about the large dingy flat. Shapeless but alert, she waddles from room to room, in carpet slippers and a flowered dressing-gown pined ingeniously together, so that not an inch of petticoat or bodice is to be seen, flicking with her duster, peeping, spying, poking her short pointed nose into the cupboards and luggage of her lodgers. She has dark, bright, inquisitive eyes and pretty waved brown hair of which she is proud. She must be about fifty-five years old." (12)

Fritz Wendel:
"One afternoon, early in October, I was invited to black coffee at Fritz Wendel's flat. Fritz always invited you to 'Black coffee' with emphasis on the black. He was very proud of his coffee. People used to say that it was the strongest in Berlin.
Fritz himself was dressed in his usual coffee-party costume--a very thick white yachting sweater and very light blue flannel trousers. He greeting me with his full-lipped, luscious smile: ' 'lo, Chris!'" (30)