Fools Crow

Fools Crow


James Welch

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Fox Eyes Character Analysis

A powerful Pikuni Warrior. Fox Eyes fights alongside Fools Crow and Rides-at-the-door when they attack the Crows and avenge Yellow Kidney’s capture. Fox Eyes is a highly respected warrior among the Pikunis, although he lost his taste for violence three years earlier when he killed the enemy warrior, White Grass, during a raid. His people celebrated the kill, but Fox Eyes regrets it. He no longer wishes to punish his enemies; instead, he wants to grow old peacefully. Fox Eyes’s struggle mirrors Fools Crow’s own struggle with violence and killing, which is worsened after Fox Eyes is killed by Bull Shield during the raid that earns Fools Crow his name.

Fox Eyes Quotes in Fools Crow

The Fools Crow quotes below are all either spoken by Fox Eyes or refer to Fox Eyes. 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:
The Individual vs. the Collective Good  Theme Icon
). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Penguin edition of Fools Crow published in 1986.
Chapter 11 Quotes

He had hated White Grass then, and it had been this hatred which gave him the strength to kill him. Now he felt a mild regret that his old enemy was no longer around. With his victory, Fox Eyes had lost something, the desire to make his enemies pay dearly, to ride among them with a savage heart. He had lived forty-three winters, and he wished to live forty-three more in peace.

Related Characters: Fox Eyes, White Grass
Page Number: 141
Explanation and Analysis:
Chapter 12 Quotes

White Man’s Dog stood and watched the burial and thought of the afternoon a few days before when Sun Chief hid his face. And he thought of Fox Eyes riding down on Bull Shield instead of taking the simple shot that would have killed the Crow. White Man’s Dog couldn’t shake the feeling that Fox Eyes knew he was going to die, perhaps even wanted to. Only great chiefs died when Sun hid his face.

Page Number: 151
Explanation and Analysis:
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Fox Eyes Character Timeline in Fools Crow

The timeline below shows where the character Fox Eyes appears in Fools Crow. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 11
Colonialism and Western Expansion Theme Icon
Later, as the men get ready to ride, Fox Eyes , the head Pikuni war chief, looks to the grassy flat near the Yellow River... (full context)
War Theme Icon
Fox Eyes prays to the Above Ones for all his warriors to return home safe, and he... (full context)
War Theme Icon
...who had been scouting the Crow territories gives an account of the enemy camps, and Fox Eyes can tell by the warriors’ banter that they are ready for battle. He tells them... (full context)
Spirituality and the Natural World Theme Icon
...come too far to turn back now. A scout rides in from the valley, and Fox Eyes goes to meet him. White Man’s Dog notices that the scout is Eagle Ribs. He... (full context)
Chapter 12
War Theme Icon
...a hand gun, and he knows that it is Bull Shield. White Man’s Dog sees Fox Eyes appear just as he hears a loud bang and a pain in his side.  (full context)
War Theme Icon
Spirituality and the Natural World Theme Icon
White Man’s Dog falls, and he sees Fox Eyes ride down on Bull Shield so that he can kill him close. Bull Shield fires... (full context)
War Theme Icon
...from the Crow camp, White Man’s Dog and Rides-at-the-door ride behind the covered bodies of Fox Eyes and Lone Medicine Person, another Pikuni chief. There are six others dead, thirteen unaccounted for,... (full context)
War Theme Icon
The warriors bury the bodies and place Fox Eyes beneath a ledge on a tan rock high up a cliff. As White Man’s Dog... (full context)