Vashti and Kuno are the two main characters of the story the machine stops. They are a woman named Fashti and her son Kono, who live on opposite ends of the world. Fashti is content with her life, and like most of the world's population, she spends her time discussing consuming ideas. As for Kono, he is lustful and rebellious. And he tries to convince my reluctant fascist to travel and come to his cell. There he tells her that she no longer believes in this mechanical world.