Vinnie Holland, Mae’s father, is a loving parent who suffers from MS and is unable to get good healthcare. To help her father, Mae arranges for him to receive high-end healthcare from the Circle. However, Vinnie quickly becomes exasperated with the constant surveillance that the Circle demands in exchange for healthcare. As the novel goes on, Vinnie becomes an increasingly minor character, reflecting Mae’s alienation from her family and friends, and her growing commitment to the Circle’s mission.
The timeline below shows where the character Vinnie Holland (Mae’s father) appears in The Circle. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Book One, part 1
Book One, part 3
...asks her parents about their insurance, and they tell her that things aren’t going well. Her father was diagnosed with MS while she was still in high school. Recently, he’s been in... (full context)
Book One, part 4
Book One, part 5
Book One, part 6
...low. Condescendingly, he asks Mae if he’s “driving her away” somehow. Mae reluctantly explains that her father had a stroke recently—she’s been spending time with her family. Dan tells Mae that it’s... (full context)
Book One, part 7
Book Two, part 1
...has received thousands of messages since Mae went transparent—far too many for her to answer. Mae’s father points out that some “neurotic” watchers have begun complaining that he and his wife aren’t... (full context)
...see her parents. Upstairs, she walks into their bedroom, where she sees her mother holding her father ’s penis in her hand. Mae turns away, but it’s too late—people around the world... (full context)