Protagonist: Children: Toto and Joel
Extras: The thirty-seven classmates, firefighters.
When highlighting the characters of the story, García Márquez portrays a direct characterization in the story since the characters are known, not by data provided by the narrator, but by these facts: thoughts, comments, actions, etc. For instance, Joel and Toto are children who do not rest until they attain what they want. Although in previous years they were the lowest achievers in class, they won the gold awards, and their parents gave them equipment spearfishing.
A Direct Style is used in the voices of the characters. It can be seen: "First said the mother, there are no more navigable water that comes out of the shower," or "-The boat is in the garage - dad said at lunch."