A Visit from the Goon Squad

A Ph.D. candidate in anthropology at Berkley, Mindy is Lou’s girlfriend who travels to Africa with Lou and his children. An intelligent and motivated woman, Mindy has an inclination to analyze the interactions she sees through a structural lens. She sleeps with Albert, the safari tour guide, but later marries Lou and has two children before they divorce. After the divorce she works as a travel agent before returning to her studies at UCLA.
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Mindy Character Timeline in A Visit from the Goon Squad

The timeline below shows where the character Mindy appears in A Visit from the Goon Squad. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 4: Safari
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Lou Kline, his girlfriend Mindy, and his two children, Rolph and Charlie, are on an African safari. Several other characters... (full context)
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...crazy, and Lou agrees, saying she was not crazy enough. Lou asks if Rolph likes Mindy. Rolph says he does, though he doesn’t know if she is crazy, or the right... (full context)
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...their things and begin traveling toward the hills. Cora, Lou’s travel agent, is rude to Mindy. Mindy, an anthropology Ph.D. student at Berkley, ascribes a structural cause to the behaviors and... (full context)
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Mindy begins thinking about her own relationship with Lou, and realizes it will be temporary due... (full context)
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...band (who is also on the safari) about who has seen the most animals, something Mindy calls structural fixation. Albert swerves the truck off the road through the tall grass, and... (full context)
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...suddenly pounces on him, Albert shoots and kills it. Lou jumps from the car, pushing Mindy back inside. She realizes he wants her to stay with the kids. Mindy is frightened,... (full context)
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Rolph goes back to the bar and finds Lou and Mindy talking to Ramsey, the owner of the safari outfit, and an old army friend of... (full context)
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Rolph perceives Mindy’s interaction with Albert as rude, and he asks Albert to join them upstairs. At the... (full context)
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...does not stop, but slows down just enough for people to jump off. Charlie and Mindy share a laugh over Dean’s obvious statements. Lou moves in and asks what is so... (full context)
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...his own body is healthy and lean. He feels proud walking on the beach with Mindy, who is more beautiful than expected in a sparkling blue bikini. (full context)
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...Charlie says she never wants to go home, but Rolph misses their mother. He watches Mindy and Lou swim in the water. Rolph confronts the fact that his father doesn’t love... (full context)
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After swimming with Mindy, Lou goes to get spears (for spearfishing) and snorkeling gear. He fights the urge to... (full context)
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They rest on a spit of rocks, and Rolph asks Lou what he thinks of Mindy, if she is the right kind of crazy. Rolph says she was rude to Albert.... (full context)
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...the way it makes him feel. Lou has spent the past hour in bed with Mindy, having sex, and feels victorious. He is a man who can’t lose, and tells himself... (full context)
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...though he doesn’t truly believe it. Charlie says that their father is going to marry Mindy. Rolph says that his father doesn’t love Mindy, but Charlie tells him it doesn’t matter.... (full context)
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...the failed relationship between Rolph and Lou. The flash-forward continues, revealing that Lou will marry Mindy because, in his mind, that means he is the winner. After returning to the U.S.... (full context)
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...bar, and Charlie pulls Rolph onto the dance floor. Rolph feels self-conscious. Lou dances with Mindy, who is thinking about Albert, as she will periodically after she marries Lou. Charlie notices... (full context)