Firekeeper’s Daughter

Firekeeper’s Daughter

by

Angeline Boulley

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Ron Johnson Character Analysis

Ron is the senior FBI agent assigned to the Sault with Jamie to investigate meth-X and the associated meth cell. He’s Native and insists to Daunis (and seems to genuinely believe) that it’s necessary for Native Americans to work for the FBI and other federal agencies, as they’re better positioned to help tribal communities. However, Daunis isn’t ever entirely convinced he’s right, as Ron seems disrespectfully uninformed about, for instance, how the kids in Minnesota have (or have not) recovered after taking meth-X. In general, though, Ron is professional, focused, and very transparent about his and Daunis’s respective roles in the investigation. Because Ron is so upfront about who he is and what his goals are, Daunis comes to see him as trustworthy and not someone to hate. Ron also takes major issue with Jamie’s conduct during the investigation, both because he fears for Jamie’s safety and because it may compromise the investigation. Daunis suspects, but doesn’t know for sure, that once the investigation ends, Ron and Auntie remain in contact and that Ron is the one who keeps Auntie informed on how legal proceedings for Levi and Stormy are going.

Ron Johnson Quotes in Firekeeper’s Daughter

The Firekeeper’s Daughter quotes below are all either spoken by Ron Johnson or refer to Ron Johnson. 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 14 Quotes

Maybe it isn’t about helping the FBI, but about protecting my community. Can I do one without the other? If I don’t sign on, they will find someone else to be their confidential informant.

Jamie is right—I know science and Ojibwe culture. I also know that I am strong enough to do this. There is one more thing I know…My definition of being a good Secret Squirrel is not the same as theirs.

Maybe there isn’t one investigation taking place, but two.

Theirs. And mine.

I sign the agreement.

Related Characters: Daunis Fontaine (speaker), Jamie Johnson, Ron Johnson, Uncle David
Page Number: 131
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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 37 Quotes

Somehow, Travis had come across a love medicine. The kind of bad medicine that Auntie warned me against asking too much about.

When Lily refused to try the love medicine, Travis must have added it to a batch of meth […]. What he thought was a love medicine was actually the opposite of love. Real love honors your spirit. If you need a medicine to create or keep it, that’s possession and control. Not love.

A couple of weeks later, on a rez in Minnesota, a group of kids tried it […]. Every single one got sick. Not lovesick for some girl they’d never met, but infected with an insatiable desire for more meth.

I can do my part to protect our medicines, while trusting that there are those in the community who are doing their part to preserve and protect many different medicine teachings.

Page Number: 334-335
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Chapter 40 Quotes

“I’m not just some emotional entanglement,” I say. “Jamie and I can handle being part of the investigation and having something that’s not so neatly defined.”

Ron shakes his head. He’s frustrated, I think, but what else can he say about it?

“Daunis, you do get that there is no actual Jamie Johnson, right? There is just a rookie officer who will do anything it takes to redeem himself after his first UC assignment went to hell. Including using you.”

“What do you mean?”

“Jamie was the one who proposed that he get close to you.”

Related Characters: Daunis Fontaine (speaker), Ron Johnson (speaker), Jamie Johnson, Lily, Travis Flint
Page Number: 366
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Chapter 55 Quotes

“Does your family know what you do? Going undercover in tribal communities?”

“They know I work for the FBI,” Ron tells her. “My sister thinks it’s dangerous. My cousins think I’m a sellout. I do this work because we need good people working at the agencies that help tribes.”

Auntie snorts. “Scariest words ever spoken: ‘I’m from the federal government and I’m here to help.’”

Related Characters: Auntie Teddie (speaker), Ron Johnson (speaker), Daunis Fontaine
Page Number: 468
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I am so tired. The weight of my expendability is crushing.

Not everyone gets justice. Least of all Nish kwewag.

Related Characters: Daunis Fontaine (speaker), Ron Johnson, Jamie Johnson, Grant Edwards
Page Number: 473
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Ron Johnson Character Timeline in Firekeeper’s Daughter

The timeline below shows where the character Ron Johnson appears in Firekeeper’s Daughter. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 3
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...Daunis was a senior, but at least she won’t have to suffer through his uncle Ron’s science class. Daunis’s nose tingles; she explains that Ron is taking her Uncle David’s job... (full context)
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...she asks about Jamie’s family. Jamie has no siblings, just divorced parents and his uncle Ron. They begin their run through the Lake State campus; Jamie notes Daunis’s last name on... (full context)
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...he wants about himself. He says his dad is Cherokee and his parents divorced; Uncle Ron is the only family member supportive of hockey. Daunis thinks Jamie must be so easy... (full context)
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...to talk. In the truck, he confirms that he’s an undercover officer and implies that Ron is his supervisor, not his uncle. By now, they’re in line for the ferry with... (full context)
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...Lily’s casket and thinks through what she knows about Jamie, who presently shows up with Ron. Ron is a bit older than Mom and clearly Native. He introduces himself as a... (full context)
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The school secretary, Mrs. Hammond, embraces Daunis and asks if Ron is the new “Indian science teacher.” Ron says he’s Native and introduces Jamie, and after... (full context)
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...his car. The toxicology report showed he’d died of a meth overdose. She asks if Ron thinks David was cooking the meth, but Ron says David was their CI—a confidential informant.... (full context)
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When Daunis is done crying, Ron explains that last February, after a Superiors hockey tournament, kids on a Minnesota reservation got... (full context)
Chapter 13
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Realizing that Jamie has tricked her, Daunis leaps up and demands that Ron take her back to the funeral home. When they get there, Ron says that the... (full context)
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...taking children—but not her children. Throughout the service, Daunis wonders what she should do about Ron and Jamie’s proposition. She sobs as the casket closes—she was supposed to stop the third... (full context)
Chapter 14
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...She says she’s running errands today, but she doesn’t tell Mom that she’s going with Ron and Jamie to Marquette to visit the U.S. Attorney’s Office. (full context)
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Ron and Jamie pick Daunis up a bit later. Daunis and Ron exchange The Godfather jokes,... (full context)
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Ron resumes the drive to Marquette and says that Daunis will have to learn how to... (full context)
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...supposed to voluntarily give truthful information, and she shouldn’t do anything illegal. (This is confusing; Ron said she was going to learn to make meth.) The higher-up mentions that any payments... (full context)
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...back to the present and noticing the signs for Tahquamenon Falls State Park, Daunis tells Ron to stop. She leads them to the waterfall’s observation deck and explains to Ron, who’s... (full context)
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Ron accepts this, but he asks if Daunis might apply for tribal membership by her birthday... (full context)
Chapter 17
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Ron arrives a bit later and tells Daunis to not involve local or tribal police. Then,... (full context)
Chapter 18
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...busy so she doesn’t dwell on the trip to the drug lab. The next day, Ron calls and asks if Daunis will be okay sharing a hotel room with Jamie. There... (full context)
Chapter 20
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...for days as a kid, and that mushrooms grow on Duck Island, near Sugar Island. Ron said David had been looking there. (full context)
Chapter 22
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...working on a school project. Realizing she needs to call Mom and probably Jamie and Ron, Daunis says she has to call her boyfriend. (full context)
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...laced with Viagra at the bonfire. Jamie says that Heather’s death wasn’t suspicious, according to Ron, but Daunis says drowning in September is suspicious. She also says that Heather used to... (full context)
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Jamie refuses to let Daunis accompany him to talk with Ron. She’s angry enough to throw the baby monitor at him as he steps out the... (full context)
Chapter 23
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Daunis finds Ron in the lobby. As Mike’s parents wave them over, Daunis whispers that Mr. Edwards is... (full context)
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...she come for the Sunday dinner and do it then. She should bring Jamie and Ron. Daunis agrees and wanders away to escape Grant’s disturbing gaze. (full context)
Chapter 24
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Ron drives Daunis and Jamie to the Edwardses’ house. On the way, Daunis says that in... (full context)
Chapter 25
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...he is about the Edwardses’ house and the opportunity to analyze the Supes’ games. When Ron pulls into Daunis’s driveway, she tells them about the photos she took of Grant’s bookshelf... (full context)
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...today, Daunis has one more engagement that will slow down her mushroom hunt: she and Ron are taking the Booster Bus to Wisconsin. As Daunis enters the dining room with Granny... (full context)
Chapter 26
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...about the investigation. Maybe Daunis should be part of the investigation because unlike Jamie and Ron, she’s thinking seven generations ahead. She agrees to enroll. Auntie notes that Daunis needs three... (full context)
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...and offers her a beer. Daunis ignores Grant waving her over and sits next to Ron instead. Bus passengers are mostly Zhaaganaash; Nishnaabs are following in campers. Ron learns why when... (full context)
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...Elders handing her the affidavits as she tries to read The Sound and the Fury. Ron finally comments that she hasn’t turned a page in 20 minutes. When Daunis says she... (full context)
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...doesn’t have to listen to their bigotry—but she’s uninterested in crawling over either Grant or Ron. So, she sits and listens to people discuss a classmate of Daunis’s, Ryan, enrolling in... (full context)
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After the game, Ron quietly tells Daunis that he told Jamie to slow down the whole boyfriend-girlfriend thing. He... (full context)
Chapter 27
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...are only allowed to spend one hour fraternizing with fans and girlfriends in the lobby. Ron is upstairs on the Boosters’ party floor, so, curious what Jamie will do unsupervised, Daunis... (full context)
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Daunis leads Jamie to a quiet corner and says that no matter what Ron says, pretending to be romantically involved is the best way to help the investigation. Gulping,... (full context)
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On the Booster floor, Daunis navigates the crowded hallway and jokes with Ron, who’s clearly tipsy. As she reaches her room, the woman who flashed a truck on... (full context)
Chapter 28
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...sinks to the floor. The girlfriends try to get Daunis out and finally, one fetches Ron. Ron sits quietly outside the stall until security comes. To avoid a scene, Daunis leaves... (full context)
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Ron leaves Daunis with Jamie in the lobby. Daunis leans against Jamie and observes the subdued... (full context)
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Daunis is the first to board the Booster Bus in the morning. She saves Ron a spot, but Greg scoots in next to her. He says he always thought she... (full context)
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Ron slips Daunis a note listing all things the police found on Heather. It doesn’t mention... (full context)
Chapter 30
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...because she was dealing drugs? Daunis is ashamed to even consider it, but before contacting Ron or Jamie, she identifies her mushroom samples. One seems promising, but Daunis eventually identifies it.... (full context)
Chapter 32
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...guy, Daunis wonders who Robin gave her power to. She also knows that Jamie and Ron will see Robin as an addict and a dealer. Daunis must uncover Robin’s story. That’s... (full context)
Chapter 34
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Fortunately, Ron’s car isn’t at Sault High. Daunis suspects Uncle David left a notebook for her in... (full context)
Chapter 35
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Daunis drives to Jamie and Ron’s house and invites them for a walk. She decides to pump them for information. She... (full context)
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...Daunis asks what to work on next and asks for a clue. Then, she realizes Ron already gave her one weeks ago, when he told her that he couldn’t tell her... (full context)
Chapter 37
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...she must protect the knowledge of the love medicine. She drops Uncle David’s notebook in Ron and Jamie’s mail slot, feeling good that they’ll only learn what they need to know. (full context)
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...Dad thought the first time he held her. Midway through their run, Jamie says that Ron is going to Marquette to enter Uncle David’s notebook as evidence. They discuss Daunis’s birthday... (full context)
Chapter 40
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As Daunis heads to the restroom, Ron catches her and says they need to talk. He asks what happened last night and... (full context)
Chapter 41
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...decides that she’ll let him tell her what he knows and then alert Jamie and Ron if need be. They get into the side elevators—Grant doesn’t want to be seen with... (full context)
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Remembering her conversation with Ron earlier, Daunis asks for Jamie’s real name. He refuses to give it and says that... (full context)
Chapter 42
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Ron, assuming Daunis is shivering from the cold, wraps her in a blanket and helps her... (full context)
Chapter 43
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...knocks on the door. Hiding Dad’s scarf and the puck, Daunis reads a text from Ron asking if she’s seen Jamie since last night. Daunis figures Ron is at the door,... (full context)
Chapter 44
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...Levi has become, Daunis finds that she can’t hear Dana anymore. She can just hear Ron’s voice in her head, asking if she’s seen Jamie. Dana says that a teacher came... (full context)
Chapter 45
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...Jamie tries to touch her and then says that soon, Mom and Auntie will contact Ron, and they’ll all discover that Daunis and Jamie are missing. Jamie says that Ron should... (full context)
Chapter 47
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...panther far from home, fail to fight off an attack from Levi, Stormy, and Mike. Ron shouts that he can’t find Jamie, but when Daunis tries to fight the boys, she... (full context)
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...her. After a long silence, Jamie says that Daunis will get out of here today. Ron will help, the FBI will get Grant, and Daunis will be okay. Daunis relaxes and... (full context)
Chapter 50
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...moves her car to block Levi from following Daunis. With Seeney’s flip phone, Daunis calls Ron and tells him where Jamie is. When she gets out of Seeney’s car, she sees... (full context)
Chapter 51
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...races for the ferry, passing the Elders. She asks Minnie to borrow her Mustang, ignoring Ron when he appears and asks to drive. On the ferry ride over, Daunis tells Ron... (full context)
Chapter 52
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Daunis attacks Stormy until Ron pulls her off and leads Stormy outside. Jamie is unharmed and leads Daunis outside, where... (full context)
Chapter 55
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Ron visits soon after Daunis moves to the regular hospital ward. Mom scolds him for putting... (full context)
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Then, Ron tells Daunis what he can: Levi has been charged with several crimes, and Daunis will... (full context)
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Ron apologizes. He says that Coach Bobby has been charged, too. Daunis realizes she missed the... (full context)
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...he could get away with raping her on tribal land. Daunis is exhausted. She asks Ron to go and then leans against Auntie and Mom. After a minute, she tells Auntie... (full context)
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...anyone who asks about Levi anything. From Auntie, who she believes is in contact with Ron, Daunis knows that Levi is being held without bond until his trial. He hasn’t accepted... (full context)