Sheriff Bell’s Wife, Loretta is a strong and spiritual woman. Through the novel she provides support for her husband, who often takes note of her spirituality and strong faith. Loretta is involved in her husband’s professional life as well, cooking meals for prisoners in the county jail, and making sure they are cared for. These prisoners often return to visit her after they have turned their lives around. Loretta stands by Bell after he quits his job as sheriff, and helps him come to terms with his grief.
The No Country for Old Men quotes below are all either spoken by Loretta Bell or refer to Loretta Bell. 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 and citation info for the quotes below refers to the Vintage edition of No Country for Old Men published in 2006.).
The timeline below shows where the character Loretta Bell appears in No Country for Old Men. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.