The intellectually and developmentally disabled brother of Cloyce Bell, kept in a filthy cage and treated like a freak-show attraction. His real name is James Robert Bell. The Judge rescues the fool from drowning in the Colorado River, and in the aftermath of the Yuma massacre leashes him like a dog, leading him along as the Judge pursues Tobin and the kid. The idiot’s fate is unknown.
The idiot Quotes in Blood Meridian
The Blood Meridian quotes below are all either spoken by The idiot or refer to The idiot. 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 Vintage edition of Blood Meridian published in 1992.).
Chapter 18 Quotes
The Borginnis woman waded out with her dress ballooning about her and took him deeper and swirled him about grown man that he was in her great stout arms. She held him up, she crooned to him. Her pale hair floated on the water.
The idiot Character Timeline in Blood Meridian
The timeline below shows where the character The idiot appears in Blood Meridian. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...he gives a lecture on paleontology to some new recruits, answering their questions thoroughly. Nearby, the idiot is tethered near a campfire, where he sits with hands outheld as if yearning for... (full context)