An insipid and tyrannical group of girls obsessed with community service and school spirit, The Marthas are the clique that Heather tries to join. They take advantage of her insecurity and eagerness, forcing her to decorate for their events and then taking all the credit for her work, even as they tell her that she has done a terrible job. Heather frequently enlists Melinda to help her with these projects. To Melinda, these girls represent the height of high school conformity and cruelty.
The timeline below shows where the character The Marthas (Meg n’ Emily n’ Siobhan) appears in Speak. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 1, Chapter 21: The Marthas
Part 2, Chapter 10: Wombats Rule!
Part 2, Chapter 15: Poster Child
...note from Heather, Melinda goes to her house to find her sobbing about disappointing the Marthas at a Valentine’s Day event for a local children’s hospital—apparently she didn’t properly stuff Valentine’s... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 17: Model Citizen
Part 2, Chapter 22: Can It
Part 3, Chapter 6: Lunch Doom
...a place meant for “Teenage Humiliation Rituals,” Melinda sits with Heather, but not at the Marthas’ table; instead they sit close to the courtyard. Melinda imagines the snow behind her, and... (full context)
Part 3, Chapter 10: Clash of the Titans
...parents immediately snap at her. The guidance counselor mentions that Melinda is friends with the Marthas and Principal Principal (who has been doodling a hornet) reacts positively, asking Melinda if these... (full context)
Part 3, Chapter 16: Bologna Exile
...a scientist experimenting on and observing all of her fellow students. She watches as the Marthas interview a new member, and wonders if they are laughing at her; imagines Heather fat... (full context)
Part 4, Chapter 7: Growing Pains
Part 4, Chapter 19: Prom Preparation
Part 4, Chapter 24: Postprom
...in school that day because everyone hated her decorations so much. Melinda imagines that the Marthas are furious. Rachel, meanwhile, broke up with Andy in the middle of prom because he... (full context)