Rides-at-the-door’s third wife and near-mother to Fools Crow and Running Fisher. Kills-close-to-the-lake is a young and beautiful girl from a poor family of the Never Laughs People, and Rides-at-the-door marries her as a favor to her father. Double Strike Woman and Striped Face, Rides-at-the-door’s first and second wives respectively, treat Kills-close-to-the-lake like a slave, and she spends most of the novel lusting after Fools Crow. After Fools Crow marries Red Paint, Kills-close-to-the-lake turns her attention toward Running Fisher. Rides-at-the-door soon discovers their affair and gives Kills-close-to-the-lake her freedom by divorcing her. He feels guilty for stealing her youth and questions if he married her to help her survive, or as a symbol of his own wealth and power. When Rides-at-the-door rejects Kills-close-to-the-lake, he also rejects the traditional Pikuni custom of multiple wives—especially young, beautiful ones—as a form of wealth and a reflection of power.
Kills-close-to-the-lake Character Timeline in Fools Crow
The timeline below shows where the character Kills-close-to-the-lake appears in Fools Crow. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...Fisher, shows much more promise of becoming a respected member of the tribe. Now, as Kills-close-to-the-lake serves White Man’s Dog roasted meat, Rides-at-the-door has a renewed sense of optimism that his... (full context)
...instructions for his ride, Striped Face, her sister and Rides-at-the-door’s second wife, braids her hair. Kills-close-to-the-lake cooks and serves them—their husband’s youngest wife is little more than their slave. Double Strike... (full context)
...changed. Now, he envies White Man’s Dog and does not pity him. Running Fisher notices Kills-close-to-the-lake hand White Man’s Dog a package of meat and touch him softly on the shoulder.... (full context)
...him during his raid on the Crows. He asks for forgiveness for his thoughts of Kills-close-to-the-lake, the he backs away from the pole and dances. He dances harder and harder, pulling... (full context)
...near-son with his near-mother. After all, she had suspected Fools Crow of behaving inappropriately with Kills-close-to-the-lake, not Running Fisher. She will tell Rides-at-the-door tonight, she thinks. (full context)
Striped Face grows angry at the thought of the camp learning about Running Fisher and Kills-close-to-the-lake’s betrayal. She can’t stand the thought of White Grass Woman gossiping about them, and she... (full context)
Running Fisher enters the lodge and sits. He openly admits to his affair with Kills-close-to-the-lake and Rides-at-the-door feels sadness enter his body—part of him had hoped that his son would... (full context)