Kennedy and Micah's four-year-old daughter. Thanks to Kennedy's unwillingness to watch her language around her daughter, Violet sometimes curses. Violet adores Disney princesses and her grandmother, Ava, who throws lavish tea parties when they spend time together. Being so young, Violet doesn't have a firm grasp of how race functions in society: she desperately wants to be Princess Tiana for Halloween, even though Tiana is black, and she and Ruth have a frank and honest discussion about slavery when Ruth comes for dinner one night. Both Ruth and Ava see Violet as proof that hate and racism are learned things: Violet's questions about slavery are innocent and unassuming, and Ava points to Violet's games with a black girl at the playground as evidence of how far the United States has come in terms of race relations.
Violet Quotes in Small Great Things
The Small Great Things quotes below are all either spoken by Violet or refer to Violet. 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 numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Random House edition of Small Great Things published in 2016.).
Chapter 8, Kennedy Quotes
In that moment, we're not black and white, or attorney and accused. We're not separated by what I know about the legal system and what she has yet to learn. We are just two mothers, sitting side by side.
Violet Character Timeline in Small Great Things
The timeline below shows where the character Violet appears in Small Great Things. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 5, Kennedy
Chapter 8, Kennedy
Chapter 11, Kennedy
Chapter 13, Kennedy
Chapter 14, Ruth
Chapter 16, Kennedy
Chapter 17, Ruth
Chapter 21, Kennedy
Chapter 24, Kennedy
...arguments will take place Monday morning. Kennedy arrives home to find Ava making cookies with Violet. She ignores Ava's questions if she's okay, sits down with Violet, and starts eating cookie... (full context)