- "Franny's been baking. Mind crouching a little? Good lad. Name's Aster."
- — Aster to Jason Walker
Aster was a hobo who lived in the bushes near Franny's Cottage. He is described as a disheveled man wearing layers of dark, filth-stained clothing. He wore fingerless gloves of gray yarn and a shapeless black hat.
Aster believed he was stealing baked goods from Franny, but in reality she was fully aware of what he was doing and let him take them off her windowsill. He defended Franny from robbers on a few occasions.