Mary Ellen is an annoying hiker from Florida who tags along with Bryson and Katz for a few days in the first week of their hike. She exaggerates her hiking skills, talks constantly about useless topics, blows her nose incessantly, and irritates Katz immensely. Bryson wryly notes that despite the romantic promise of solitude in the woods, it’s still possible to get stuck in the company of utterly stupid and banal people.
Mary Ellen Quotes in A Walk in the Woods
The A Walk in the Woods quotes below are all either spoken by Mary Ellen or refer to Mary Ellen . For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Anchor edition of A Walk in the Woods published in 2006.).
Chapter 4 Quotes
Mary Ellen Character Timeline in A Walk in the Woods
The timeline below shows where the character Mary Ellen appears in A Walk in the Woods. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.