"Charon wears a blue polyester-cotton blend. An ambulance bounces of a concrete Acheron"
A 19th-century interpretation of Charon's crossing by Alexander Litovchenko.
Public DomainA 19th-century interpretation of Charon's crossing by Alexander Litovchenko.

 

Charon is the old man that ferried the spirits of the dead across the rivers Styx and Acheron in Greek mythology. There is mention of him in Dante Alighieri's Inferno Canto 3 lines 76-78 and Virgil's Aenid Bk. VI, the narrator meets Charon later in the novel when he travels across Acheron on his voyage through his own personal version of Hell .