Main Street focuses on environment rather than on the individual, on what the characters see and experience rather than what they are. Hence some of the figures in the story may seem rather flat and superficial. Character portrayal and development do not have top priority, which is reserved for the minute dissection of small-town life. With this fact in mind, the reader can better understand Carol, her husband, and her neighbors. From more than a hundred characters of Main Street, it is necessary to pick a representative few.