Antonapoulos is a deaf-mute who lives with John Singer for more than ten years. He is a fat, lazy man who only signs with his hands when he is talking about eating, drinking or sleeping. He works at his cousin Charles Parker's store selling fruit until his behavior deteriorates following an illness and he begins stealing silverware from restaurants and urinating on buildings. Mr. Parker abruptly sends Antonapoulos away to an insane asylum without consulting Singer first. Singer misses his best friend, the only person he's ever met who he feels kin to, and visits him for weeks at a time or writes him letters while they are apart.