Beartown

Ramona Character Analysis

Elderly Ramona runs the Bearskin pub in Beartown and is a beloved local character. Ramona drinks heavily, especially since the death of her husband, Holger, more than ten years ago; she has barely left the pub since. Ramona takes care of her “boys”—the men of The Pack who frequent the Bearskin—sometimes paying their bills when they lose their jobs, and they take care of her in turn, buying her groceries so she doesn’t have to venture into town. Ramona is skilled at listening to patrons and advising them on their struggles. She scolds Sune and the town as a whole for creating an unhealthy hockey culture, and she convinces The Pack to retain Peter as General Manager. Sune makes her a member of the new hockey club board.

Ramona Quotes in Beartown

The Beartown quotes below are all either spoken by Ramona or refer to Ramona. 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:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Simon & Schuster edition of Beartown published in 2017.
Chapter 41 Quotes

“It’s never your fault, is it? When are you going to admit that it isn’t ‘hockey’ that raises these boys, it’s YOU LOT? In every time and every place, I’ve come across men who blame their own stupidity on crap they themselves have invented. ‘Religion causes wars,’ ‘guns kill people,’ it’s all the same old bullshit! […] YOU’RE the problem! Religion doesn’t fight, guns don’t kill, and you need to be very fucking clear that hockey has never raped anyone! But do you know who do? Fight and kill and rape?”

Sune clears his throat. “Men?”

“MEN! It’s always fucking men!”

Related Characters: Sune (speaker), Ramona (speaker), Kevin Erdahl
Page Number: 326
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Ramona Character Timeline in Beartown

The timeline below shows where the character Ramona appears in Beartown. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 14
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Resistance and Courage Theme Icon
The Bearskin pub has belonged to Ramona’s family since her grandfather’s days. The only difference nowadays is that she smokes outside. The... (full context)
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Ramona sees Peter approaching and asks him if he wants some whisky for his nerves. Peter... (full context)
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Peter and Ramona sit at the bar and talk about hockey. Peter wonders if the town takes hockey... (full context)
Chapter 18
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Ramona has become trapped in her own home, fearful of losing the memory of Holger’s laughter... (full context)
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Robbie goes into the Bearskin and is surprised to find Ramona preparing to leave. She tells Robbie she’s going to a hockey match, and that he’s... (full context)
Chapter 41
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Early the next morning, Ramona sees Sune walking toward the Bearskin, trailing an eager puppy. They go inside and talk... (full context)
Chapter 42
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Mr. Erdahl shows up at the Bearskin to talk to Ramona, Tails accompanying him. Ramona gives him a glass of her worst whisky. Erdahl says that... (full context)
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Later Tails comes back into the Bearskin and shamefacedly tells Ramona that he’s trying not to pick a side. Ramona tells him his father would have... (full context)
Chapter 43
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Ramona is standing in the rink hallway, having ventured out for the first time in a... (full context)
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Ramona talks with a member of The Pack. The guy admits he doesn’t know if he... (full context)
Chapter 45
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...out of the Saab that’s still parked a short distance away. It turns out that Ramona sent them. One of the men says that he still doesn’t know if he trusts... (full context)
Chapter 47
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Kira comes into the Bearskin to ask Ramona a question. She thanks her for convincing The Pack to vote in support of Peter,... (full context)
Chapter 48
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Tails goes to visit Ramona in the Bearskin. He tells her that he’s selling his store in Hed in order... (full context)