Sharp Objects

by

Gillian Flynn

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Meredith Wheeler Character Analysis

Meredith Wheeler is John Keene’s girlfriend, known throughout Wind Gap as “Little Miss Perfect.” Desperate for popularity and recognition—and for the salvation of her own reputation—Meredith arranges on-the-record meetings between herself, Camille, and John, in order to clear her boyfriend’s name and make sure everyone in town knows she’s not dating a “fucking baby killer.” Meredith’s perfect façade and premeditated answers fade away, however, when she speaks with Camille alone, and she reveals that Ann and Natalie were not “angels” but troubled little girls with “serious tempers.”

Meredith Wheeler Quotes in Sharp Objects

The Sharp Objects quotes below are all either spoken by Meredith Wheeler or refer to Meredith Wheeler. 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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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Random House edition of Sharp Objects published in 2006.
Chapter 10 Quotes

"[Natalie] had serious problems. We looked for my earlobe, see if it could be stitched back on, but it was gone. I guess she swallowed it.” [Meredith] gave a laugh that sounded like the reverse of a gulp of air. ”I mostly just felt sorry for her.”

Lie.

“Ann, was she as bad?” I asked.

“Worse. There are people all over this town with her teeth marks in them. Your mother included.”

“What?” My hands began to sweat and the back of my neck went cold.

“Your mom was tutoring her and Ann didn’t understand. She completely lost it, pulled some of your momma’s hair out, and bit into her wrist. Hard. I think there had to be stitches.” Images of my mother’s thin arm caught between tiny teeth, Ann shaking her head like a dog, blood blossoming on my mother’s sleeve, on Ann’s lips. A scream, a release.

A little circle of jagged lines, and within, a ring of perfect skin.

Related Characters: Camille Preaker (speaker), Meredith Wheeler (speaker), Adora Crellin, Ann Nash, Natalie Keene
Related Symbols: Camille’s Scars, Teeth
Page Number: 158
Explanation and Analysis:
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Meredith Wheeler Character Timeline in Sharp Objects

The timeline below shows where the character Meredith Wheeler appears in Sharp Objects. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 6
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...of his parents’ house and into a carriage house in the back of his girlfriend Meredith Wheeler’s family’s home—one of the women asserts that John moved out because he is the... (full context)
Chapter 8
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...a red convertible and calls out to Camille by name. The girl introduces herself as Meredith Wheeler—John Keene’s girlfriend—and says she knows who Camille is, though she was “just a little... (full context)
Chapter 9
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...does, though, the doorbell rings, and when she peers through the front door, she sees Meredith Wheeler and John Keene standing outside. (full context)
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Meredith is dressed in a cheerleading uniform, and speaks in “wheedling tone[s]” as she introduces Camille... (full context)
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Camille makes some sweet tea and then sits down with Meredith and John. She tells John that all she wants is to get a fuller picture... (full context)
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As Camille begins asking John questions about Natalie, Meredith keeps interrupting to offer her two cents. When John says that Natalie tried to hang... (full context)
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...feeling “claustrophobic” in such a small town and needing to “get lost for a little.” Meredith interrupts—she says that John was with her both nights, and is being “noble” to keep... (full context)
Chapter 10
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...angry phone calls from readers and locals. The first call she gets, though, is from Meredith Wheeler, who complains about being left out of the story. Camille promises to interview Meredith... (full context)
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Camille heads over to Meredith’s house, but Meredith isn’t there at all. Instead, she finds Amma and her friends lounging... (full context)
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...to announce her presence and enters the pool area with a hello. She asks for Meredith, and John says she’s gone to the store to buy sugar. Camille asks John, quietly,... (full context)
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Meredith—in a perfect outfit and hairdo—swans around the house, getting things ready for Camille and apologizing... (full context)
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Camille calls Meredith out for lying, but Meredith confesses that John would hate her if she told Camille... (full context)
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Meredith reveals that both girls were biters—they had serious tempers, but rather than hitting, they bit.... (full context)
Chapter 12
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...and he in return asks who told her about the biting. Camille tells Richard that Meredith Wheeler told her that Natalie bit her earlobe off, and that Ann bit Adora on... (full context)
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...party in one of Wind Gap’s largest mansions, Camille is feeling loose and “game.” When Meredith and John Keene arrive shortly after their group, however, the party is infused with a... (full context)
Chapter 14
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...John Keene. When she asks how he’s doing, he replies that he’s afraid both that Meredith will leave him and that he’ll soon be arrested for two murders he didn’t commit. (full context)
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...too drunk to drive. Camille, who is not much more sober, drives John back to Meredith’s but once they get there, John asks her to take him to a nearby motel.... (full context)
Epilogue
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...John Keene. In it, he writes that he suspected Amma all along, and moved into Meredith’s place to “keep watch.” Camille doesn’t hear anything from Richard—she knew, from the way he... (full context)