However, a while ago I was inspired to write Bess, her story, linked to under 'Pages' above. It's not a story, more a slice of life or character piece. It's not at all my usual style, and I don't think it would work in a longer piece, but it demanded to be written that way.
(The next paragraph discusses the piece, so you might want to read it before reading further here.)
And even in this short (just over two thousand words) piece I have nine named characters, two who are individually described but not named, and others who are mentioned but not individually described.
What is totally lacking, however, is a plot. The characters don't drive the action. They don't make any decisions that change the course of events. They only observe and react.