Firekeeper’s Daughter

Firekeeper’s Daughter

by

Angeline Boulley

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Robin Bailey Character Analysis

Two years older than Daunis, Robin was the first girl to make the Sault High varsity hockey team and later became Daunis’s mentor. Daunis looks up to Robin and thinks highly of her—so it’s shocking when Robin dies of a meth overdose. Following her death, Daunis learns that Robin became addicted to painkillers and then started using meth. Though Daunis had seen Robin most recently at the Lake State campus, Robin’s parents insist that Robin wasn’t enrolled; Daunis later assumes that Robin was on campus to deal drugs to students. Robin’s final years and months begin to look even more tragic when Daunis discovers that Robin was also involved in a (presumably coerced) sexual relationship with Grant Edwards, who implies that he was providing her painkillers.

Robin Bailey Quotes in Firekeeper’s Daughter

The Firekeeper’s Daughter quotes below are all either spoken by Robin Bailey or refer to Robin Bailey. 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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Chapter 28 Quotes

“Hold on. When you say ‘we,’ you don’t mean you and me. You mean the FBI,” I say, mouthing the initials while pretending to rub my nose so no one can read my lips. “Jamie, don’t you remember what my aunt told us about making some workers stay late to fix the owl T-shirts? They learned about the problem and had ownership in the solution? We have to fix it. The community, not the”—my hand hides my mouth from the room again—“FBI.”

Page Number: 258
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Chapter 38 Quotes

Hockey brings my community together. Native and non-Native. All ages. All neighborhoods. Here in Chi Mukwa, a community recreation building funded by the Sugar Island Ojibwe Tribe, everyone stands united for our teams. I just hope they remember today was for Robin Bailey.

Related Characters: Daunis Fontaine (speaker), Robin Bailey, Levi Firekeeper, Mom, Mrs. Hammond
Page Number: 343
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Chapter 43 Quotes

Nibwaakaawin. Auntie told me the translation, breaking down each part of the word so it made perfect sense: To be wise is to live with an abundance of sight.

My whole life I’ve wanted to be like my aunt. The way a person dreams about being a ballerina, but not of broken toes and years of practice. I wanted to be a strong and wise Nish kwe, never considering how that abundance of sight would be earned.

I wanted to find out who was involved in the meth madness that took Lily and Uncle David. Robin and Heather, too. And the kids in Minnesota who got so sick from meth-X.

The person I was searching for this whole time was Levi.

Wisdom is not bestowed. In its raw state, it is the heartbreak of knowing things you wish you didn’t.

Page Number: 392-393
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Robin Bailey Character Timeline in Firekeeper’s Daughter

The timeline below shows where the character Robin Bailey appears in Firekeeper’s Daughter. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 20
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Robin Bailey appears. Firmly, she picks up the textbook and steers Daunis into the student union,... (full context)
Chapter 27
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...but she notices people crying as they get texts. Daunis checks her phone. Auntie texted: Robin died of a meth overdose. (full context)
Chapter 28
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Daunis rushes to leave the bleachers, trying not to hear “vultures” saying that Robin was “one of the good Indians” and that “even the smart ones are dumb.” Her... (full context)
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...leans against Jamie and observes the subdued players—but Levi announces not that it’s a tragedy Robin is dead, but that the Supes played poorly this evening. Daunis is enraged. But when... (full context)
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...wants to save the community and then leave; he’s not thinking of the community. Remembering Robin saying that guys shouldn’t have so much power over a person, Daunis says Jamie might... (full context)
Chapter 29
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...bus, Grant finds his own seat. Over the course of the ride, Daunis thinks about Robin. Robin was a Nodin and was well-liked—and she didn’t seem like the sort to get... (full context)
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...up when it’s her turn to drive onto the ferry. She ends up next to Robin’s mom, Mrs. Bailey. Daunis gets out to hug her and shares that Robin helped her... (full context)
Chapter 30
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Daunis drives home in shock. Was Robin on campus that day because she was dealing drugs? Daunis is ashamed to even consider... (full context)
Chapter 32
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Robin’s parents are Catholic, so her funeral takes place three days after her death. Daunis has... (full context)
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Following the mass, Robin’s uncle invites everyone to the burial, lunch, and the benefit hockey game on Friday, which... (full context)
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...and intercepts her. Outside, Auntie quietly asks if Daunis is playing on Friday. Auntie says Robin wouldn’t want Daunis to play, that Daunis is acting odd and losing her head over... (full context)
Chapter 33
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...Studying a newspaper article about the benefit game later, Daunis is disappointed to see that Robin is barely mentioned, but there’s a huge photo of Grant, who’s sponsoring the game. As... (full context)
Chapter 38
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...as she enters the locker room—she’s excited to play hockey one last time, but seeing Robin’s locker is sobering, and it’s hard when Auntie texts that she can’t bring herself to... (full context)
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...Daunis is overwhelmed by the “community love” she feels. Hopefully, people remember today was for Robin. (full context)
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...game today was to get the Supes to gel. Daunis is enraged and remembers again Robin’s advice to not let a guy have so much power. Was Robin referring to Levi?... (full context)
Chapter 41
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...the bed and says that “hockey girls” are his weakness. Daunis wonders if he harassed Robin, too. But Daunis has no leverage to fight back. She watches from above as Grant... (full context)
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...anything. Thinking back on what Grant and Mrs. Bailey said, Daunis is certain Grant harassed Robin. She tells Jamie to park so they can talk. (full context)
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...tell Jamie that Grant is involved with the meth cell and at least helped get Robin addicted to painkillers. She knows because he offered to get her something for her shoulder... (full context)
Chapter 48
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...let him date during hockey season, but Grant has sex with lots of women, including Robin and Daunis. (full context)
Chapter 51
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...in the meth ring and that they were likely involved in Uncle David, Heather, and Robin’s deaths. Then, she says she has to go back for Jamie. To her surprise, TJ... (full context)
Chapter 57
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...said they’ve always adapted. Daunis studies her community and then dances and prays for Lily, Robin, Heather, herself, and all the girls who are seen as invisible and expendable. She introduces... (full context)