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Commen repérer les personnages principaux?
Les noms propres commencent par une majuscule (attention à ne pas confondre avec des lieux!); ils sont souvent le sujet du verbe conjugué; ils sont repris par des pronoms (he, she, it) ; ils apparaissent plusieurs fois dans le texte.

Now, here it was, the last Saturday in March, and settled down with his rod.
He'd left his studio in the dark, and it was hardly daybreak when he began to fish.
On both sides of the Hudson the sky was struck with a hazy pink glow.
He'd brought along night crawlers and crusts of bread in an old tin pail.
avoided the Harlem River—it was overcrowded and overfished, even more so than the Hudson, littered with oystering boats.
Several bridges had recently been built across the waters, disturbing the marsh birds.
He knew it wouldn't be long before the countryside disappeared, as it had in Chelsea, where there was pavement everywhere.

Through the new leaves of the locust trees, spied fishing farther down along the bank.
An encounter with appeared unavoidable, for gazed over and nodded.
returned the greeting, considering how to best keep his distance.
was known to chase off with a rifle, and there were who said he vowed to kill who hunted the wildlife that was rapidly becoming rare, coyotes and fox and the huge, cantankerous wild turkeys.
Past the area of Washington Heights was Hudson Heights, the highest altitude in Manhattan, at 265 feet above sea level.
There was the pastoral village of Inwood, and although the subway ran this far, this section of north Manhattan was still dotted with small farms, including a house once owned by .
joined in his agitation over the constant building in Manhattan.
Apartment buildings were rising everywhere.

Alice Hoffman, The Museum of Extraordinary Things, 2014