Judith Bliss: David Bliss's wife and Sorel and Simon's mother, Judith Bliss is a recently retired actress, although she still loves to act and keeps insisting she will return to her craft. She invites Sandy Tyrell as a weekend guest.

David Bliss: Judith Bliss's husband and Sorel and Simon's father, David Bliss is a novelist of some acclaim. He invites Jackie Coryton as a weekend guest.

Sorel Bliss: Judith and David's daughter, Sorel Bliss is nineteen years old and bored with most of life. She invites Richard Greatham as a weekend guest.Characters: Hay Fever Judith and David's son, Simon Bliss is a would-be artist. He invites Myra Arundel as a weekend guest.

Myra Arundel: Simon's invited houseguest

Richard Greatham: Sorel's invited houseguest, a proper English diplomat

Jackie Coryton: David's invited houseguest, "a perfectly sweet flapper"

Sandy Tyrell: Judith's invited houseguest, a young boxer

Clara: The housekeeper