Another story, Train by Alice Munro, also emphasizes on the importance of characters in a story. Train is about a man, named Jackson, who jumps off a train in Ontario countryside. He came to a town after World War II where he needs sometime to himself and then can walk throughout his life. He is lazy and he can give explanations for this laziness that he has just returned from World War II that is why he has to rest. All the time he spent in thinking, he is actually going into a very different direction. Jumping off the train for him was an alarm to a time of emptiness and not surrounded by people but he did get surrounded by people and then the sense of being around people started disturbing him (Munro).
Another character he met is Belle, who is fifteen years older than him but is completely alone in this world and became his friend. Her character is very important to the survival of Jackson and it is because of her companionship, Jackson actually decided to fix things in his life and lead a better life. And then all of a sudden, people start to believe they are brother and sister as people do in Munro’s stories. When Belle goes to Toronto for medical reasons, she shares some secrets with Jackson about her life and wishes for intimacy but Jackson is too afraid for that (Munro). The cancellation, easy realization, and suddenness of the characters are an essential element of Munro’s stories which makes a person thinks that, ‘a person could just not be there’. Munro helps us live with her characters day to night when we read about them. We definitely develop a sense of belongings to these characters and start relating to them.