The main characters in the short story “May the Best Man Win” by Kit de Waal are Patti and Eddie. Eddie’s friendly attitude makes a good impression on Patti from the beginning, and as the evening goes on, she grows more and more fond of him.

The other characters in the story are the other men in the pub. At first, the regular clients appear distrustful and hostile towards Eddie and his three friends, because they are white. However, Eddie’s open, friendly attitude makes them accept him, as they all watch and discuss the boxing match together.

You can read full characterizations of Patti and Eddie in the following sections.