The Green Mile

The Green Mile

by

Stephen King

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Kathe and Cora Detterick Character Analysis

The nine-year-old blonde twins whose rape and murder make the headlines for weeks in Trapingus County. They were kidnapped from the porch of their home, where they had been sleeping, by William Wharton. John Coffey reveals that Wharton convinced the twins to keep quiet that night by telling them that he would kill the sister of whichever one of them was first to speak. In this way, Coffey says, the girls died because they loved each other.

Kathe and Cora Detterick Quotes in The Green Mile

The The Green Mile quotes below are all either spoken by Kathe and Cora Detterick or refer to Kathe and Cora Detterick. 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 Pocket Books edition of The Green Mile published in 1996.
Part 1: Chapter 4  Quotes

I think they would have given a good deal to unsee what was before them, and none of them would ever forget it—it was the sort of nightmare, bald and almost smoking in the sun, that lies beyond the drapes and furnishings of good and ordinary lives—church suppers, walks along country lanes, honest work, love-kisses in bed. There is a skull in every man, and I tell you there is a skull in the lives of all men. They saw it that day, those men—they saw what sometimes grins behind the smile.

Related Characters: Paul Edgecombe (speaker), John Coffey, Kathe and Cora Detterick
Page Number: 35
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Part 6: Chapter 8 Quotes

“He kill them with they love,” John said. “They love for each other. You see how it was?”

Related Characters: John Coffey (speaker), William Wharton, Kathe and Cora Detterick
Page Number: 459
Explanation and Analysis:
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Kathe and Cora Detterick Character Timeline in The Green Mile

The timeline below shows where the character Kathe and Cora Detterick appears in The Green Mile. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 1: Chapter 2
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...importantly, John Coffey is sentenced to death for the rape and murder of the Detterick twins. (full context)
Part 1: Chapter 3 
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...and uncomfortable. There, Paul easily finds information about the rape and murder of the Detterick twins, for the topic was a prominent story in the news at the time. When reading... (full context)
Part 1: Chapter 4 
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Paul recounts the story of the Detterick twins’ disappearance, rape, and murder. In the 1930s, a period when cotton plantations no longer exist... (full context)
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...husband to come. Both parents see that the porch door has been violently unhinged, the girls’ blankets thrown to one side, and that there are drops of blood on the floor.... (full context)
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...trail. They nevertheless manage to find the aggressor’s tracks when they discover scraps of both girls’ pajamas in the field. In the meantime, as the two men are running after the... (full context)
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Meanwhile, Klaus and Howie, who have by then found various pieces of the girls’ clothing soaked in blood, have slowed down their chase, under the growing feeling that, in... (full context)
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...the party reaches the edge of the Trapingus river. There, they find the rest of Cora’s nightgown in an extremely bloody patch of land, and the sight of so much blood... (full context)
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...see a gigantic man with a bloodstained jumper—John Coffey—carrying the naked bodies of the Detterick twins. Rocking the girls back and forth and crying at the top of his lungs, Coffey... (full context)
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...it is only his lunch. Despite being overcome by the smell and bloody appearance of the two girls , whose heads have been dashed together, McGee leans in to examine Coffey’s pocket. He... (full context)
Part 3: Chapter 4
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...mongrel dog, gave in to his animal instincts when he raped and killed the little Detterick girls . It is only after his crime that he began to feel sorry for what... (full context)
Part 4: Chapter 7
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...you. Paul has a dream about John Coffey holding the dead bodies of the Detterick twins and saying: “I couldn’t help it. I tried to take it back, but it was... (full context)
Part 5: Chapter 2
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...how to do this. Paul then explains what this has to do with the Detterick twins. He explains that the Dettericks’ dog had been fed with sausages and that Deputy McGee... (full context)
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...as well as Mr. Jingles, Coffey asked if he had helped it. Similarly, after the twins’ murder, Coffey said: “I couldn’t help it. I tried to take it back, but it... (full context)
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...upstream, two coonhounds wanted to go downstream. It was only after those two dogs smelled Cora’s nightgown that they agreed to go downstream. In other words, the coonhounds were tracking the... (full context)
Part 6: Chapter 3
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...has happened, Janice becomes lost in thought and Paul suddenly finds himself wondering why the Detterick girls didn’t scream when they were taken. Janice asks Paul if he truly thinks Coffey intended... (full context)
Part 6: Chapter 4
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...Coffey in a week but that it is actually William Wharton who killed the Detterick twins. (full context)
Part 6: Chapter 5
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Paul himself began to suspect that Wharton could have killed the Detterick twins because Curtis Anderson had written in his report that Wharton had spent a long time... (full context)
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...legal proof, only a series of coincidences, whereas Coffey was actually found holding the Detterick girls’ dead bodies. In addition, Sheriff Cribus would never want to reopen a case that he... (full context)
Part 6: Chapter 8
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As Paul leaves the cell, Coffey tells him that he knows Paul wonders why the Detterick girls didn’t scream when they were attacked. Paul looks at Coffey, sees the marks of deep... (full context)
Part 6: Chapter 9
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...Paul’s office, John tells Paul he dreamed that Mr. Jingles went to Mouseville and that the two blonde girls were there too. Paul feels that he cannot go on and might break down and... (full context)