Venice

Daisy: Bif’s girlfriend, met her in Venice, saved her from street hoodlum; from Pgh steel money, bored with the life; has plenty of funds
Detective, unnamed: bought our story, not Raccini’s, of the brawl for Stagliani; aslo accepted even glimmer of supernatural curse/vampire possibiliy and let us out of city after fall of clocktower;
Gasparati, Gregorio: Venice; lover now husband of Maria Stagliani; both impressed by noble like Paul while also a fanatic man of the people; had socialism and democracy somewhat confused; gave up socialism, we inspired him into a man of action; anti slavery; pals Marco (very tough man, takes a few to beat him down) and Tall and Short Guiseppi; they acted as guides and interpreters for us;
Gramanci, Antonio: our clue in Venice to a Simulacrum part; elderly, thin and dusty looking old dollmaker, a fossilized look to him; family business ledgers go back hundreds of years, older ones in no order; capitalist; his ancestor Elvisi was an alleged sorcerer, known automaton creator, creations were masterpieces and supposedly could work like voodoo dolls, though never known to actually happen; has half dozen old master dollsmiths; happlyman, whistles often; leg was sold from the shop long to, giving us a lead
Gramanci, Sebastiano: Antonio’s nephew; allowed us the run of the records;
Gritty Palace: Piaze San Marco, our hotel in Venice, fully worthy of the likes of Paul;
Raccini, Alberto: fat 40 year old bad breath in Venice; bureaucrat in permits; into occult; tried once to court Maria S.; her dad got in way of that, so he murdered him, or had him murdered; fascist; kidnapped and attempted forced marriage, we and Gregorio’s men saved her;
Stagliani, Maria: MH met her on OE between Milan and Venice; stuck up for us/Wilberforce vs a french fop; speaks broken English; lives in Milan with aunt, was going back to Venice for father’s funeral; lover now wife of Gregorio in Venice; smitten with each other, hopeless romantic; dad Giovanni was importer/exporter merchant who was mugged and murdered in street; more interested in raising Gregorio’s kids than his politics; brother a cpt in military; other brother a lawyer in Rome, not too swift in business; convinced her to sell family business for a fortune;

Venice

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