The main characters in the short story “Brackley and the Bed” by Samuel Selvon are Brackley and Teena. The relationship between the two drives the plot forward.

Brackley is an immigrant from Tobago, who comes to London in search of a better life, also attempting to run away from Teena, afraid he will have to marry her. Brackley is a passive character who generally does not take control of his life and who allows others to influence him. 

Teena is Brackley’s distant cousin. Unlike Brackley, she takes an active role in her life and in Brackley’s. While her attitude during the events in the story can be considered controlling, she also proves to be resourceful.

You can read a full characterization of Brackley and Teena in the following pages.