First elder of his tribe on the Washita Reservation and member of the Cherokee Council, Bitterbuck is a relatively calm, reserved man. He is convicted for drunkenly murdering a man over a trivial matter, smashing his head with a cement block. His execution is the first one that is described in the novel, and it goes according to plan.
Arlen “The Chief” Bitterbuck Quotes in The Green Mile
The The Green Mile quotes below are all either spoken by Arlen “The Chief” Bitterbuck or refer to Arlen “The Chief” Bitterbuck. 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 Pocket Books edition of The Green Mile published in 1996.).
Part 2: Chapter 5 Quotes
It was over. We had once again succeeded in destroying what we could not create. Some of the folks in the audience had begun talking in those low voices again; most sat with their heads down, looking at the floor, as if stunned. Or ashamed.
Arlen “The Chief” Bitterbuck Character Timeline in The Green Mile
The timeline below shows where the character Arlen “The Chief” Bitterbuck appears in The Green Mile. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 1: Chapter 6
...gotten rid of Percy earlier if he had not put him in the switch-room during The Chief ’s execution. Paul, shocked and confused, does not understand what the warden is saying—why, for... (full context)
Part 2: Chapter 2
...in to violent impulses. By interrupting the tranquility, Percy visibly upset the two inmates present, The Chief and The Pres. Dean’s anger also comes from the fact that he is beginning to... (full context)
Part 2: Chapter 3
Part 2: Chapter 4
...Harry asks if The Chief has asked for “some Cherokee medicine man,” Paul explains that Bitterbuck is a Christian and has accepted the Baptist man who came for the previous execution. (full context)
Part 2: Chapter 5
...slaps the dead man’s cheek. Indignant, Brutal tells him severely not to do that, for Bitterbuck has paid his due. Percy cuts Brutal off but steps back fearfully when Brutal approaches... (full context)