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Miss Mary: The author's wife, new to big-game hunting, too short for the task at hand, but tall enough to be the dedicated foe of a great rogue lion.
Keiti: A Kamba, "the head man of this outfit...cunning and very skillful...fussy as an old woman, severe as an NCO of 30 years service."
The Informer: A well-debauched, self-declared Masai spy of whom the author "was very fond...though it might be my duty to see him hanged."
G.C.: The Game Ranger responsible for the Loitokitok area. His name was Denis Zaphiro. The initials, a safari joke, stand for Gin Crazed.
Ngui: The author's gunbearer, "brother" and fellow "bad guy" who could "hunt like a hound" and had many other admirable characteristics.
Charo: Mary's gunbearer, tinier even than she, older than old, much mauled by leopard, brave beyond need and anxious to be done with this lion.
Arap Maina: One of G.C.'s Game Scouts who, before getting that post in his sixties, was "a widely traveled and little arrested ivory poacher."
Things were not too simple in this safari because things had changed very much in East Africa. The white hunter had been a close friend of mine for many years. I respected him and he trusted me, which was more than I deserved. It was, however, something to try to merit. He had taught me by putting me on my own and correcting me when I made mistakes. When I made a mistake he would explain it. Then if I did not make the same mistake again he would trust me a little more. He was a very complicated man compounded of absolute courage, all the good human weaknesses and a strangely subtle and very critical understanding of people. He was completely dedicated to his family and his home and yet he loved much more to live away from them. He loved his home and his wife and his children, but he was nomadic. He was finally leaving us because it was necessary for him to be at his farm, which is what they call a twenty thousand-acre cattle ranch in Kenya....
"Do you have any problems?" he asked.