The Green Mile

The Green Mile

by

Stephen King

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Melinda Moores Character Analysis

Hal Moores’s wife is a kind woman devoted to the community. Her persistent headaches soon prove to be a brain tumor, which causes her health and sanity to deteriorate rapidly. She is healed by John Coffey, after which she lives another ten years, ultimately outliving her husband by two years and dying peacefully of a heart attack. After Coffey heals Melinda, she gives him a medal as a token of appreciation.

Melinda Moores Quotes in The Green Mile

The The Green Mile quotes below are all either spoken by Melinda Moores or refer to Melinda Moores. 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 4: Chapter 9 Quotes

“[…] But none of those things are the reason I want to help save her, if she can be saved. What’s happening to her is an offense, goddammit, an offense. To the eyes and the ears and the heart.”

“Very noble, but I doubt like hell if that's what put this bee in your bonnet,” Brutal said. “I think it's what happened to Del. You want to balance it off somehow.”

Related Characters: Paul Edgecombe (speaker), Brutus “Brutal” Howell (speaker), Melinda Moores
Related Symbols: The Green Mile
Page Number: 305
Explanation and Analysis:
Part 5: Chapter 7 Quotes

I believe there is good in the world, all of it flowing in one way or another from a loving God. But I believe there’s another force as well, one every bit as real as the God I have prayed to my whole life, and that it works consciously to bring all our decent impulses to ruin. Not Satan, I don't mean Satan (although I believe he is real, too), but a kind of demon of discord, a prankish and stupid thing that laughs with glee when an old man sets himself on fire trying to light his pipe or when a much-loved baby puts its first Christmas toy in its mouth and chokes to death on it. I’ve had a lot of years to think on this, all the way from Cold Mountain to Georgia Pines, and I believe that force was actively at work among us on that morning, swirling everywhere like a fog, trying to keep John Coffey away from Melinda Moores.

Related Characters: Paul Edgecombe (speaker), John Coffey, Melinda Moores
Page Number: 372
Explanation and Analysis:
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Melinda Moores Character Timeline in The Green Mile

The timeline below shows where the character Melinda Moores 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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...of unforgettable events. A strong heat makes the fall feel like summer. The warden’s wife, Melinda, is briefly in the hospital. Paul himself suffers from illness: a terrible urinary infection. The... (full context)
Part 1: Chapter 6
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...Cold Mountain Penitentiary. When he reaches the warden’s office, he immediately asks about Moores’s wife Melinda. Moores explains that his wife’s headaches have gotten worse, that she’s developed a weakness in... (full context)
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...done and Paul replies that he does. Leaving the office, Paul tells Moores to send Melinda his love. He prepares for another day in prison, and the endless waiting of which... (full context)
Part 2: Chapter 10
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...come back later but Moores asks him to stay. He tells Paul that his wife, Melinda, has been diagnosed with a brain tumor and that she has been given, as most,... (full context)
Part 3: Chapter 6
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That week, Melinda Moores returns from the hospital and Paul and Janice go to visit her. When they... (full context)
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...wife like this. When Paul and his wife drive home, both of them agree that Melinda’s situation is terrible, and Paul thinks of John Coffey again. At home, Paul and Janice... (full context)
Part 4: Chapter 7
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...vague thought about his plan, concerning the shoe but not entirely related. He says that Melinda Moores and John Coffey have a similar sadness in their eyes, which are the eyes... (full context)
Part 4: Chapter 8
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When Paul asks Hal how Melinda is, he says her state is rapidly deteriorating and that she has started swearing horribly,... (full context)
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Paul tells Janice, who has been listening to the conversation, that Melinda Moores is getting worse. Janice tells Paul that she can tell he is planning something.... (full context)
Part 4: Chapter 9
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...He mentions that none of them, except for Paul and his wife, know Moores’s wife Melinda. Paul tells him that she is a good woman and he would like her, too,... (full context)
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...a man escape and, in doing so, risking his job and his freedom to help Melinda Moores. Dean asks if Paul truly believes that Coffey could heal her brain tumor and... (full context)
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...then discuss practical details. Paul confirms that it makes more sense to bring Coffey to Melinda than the other way around, for Hal would never allow it. When he mentions that... (full context)
Part 5: Chapter 2
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...involve talking about Coffey’s healing powers. Paul says that the more pressing issue is healing Melinda Moores. (full context)
Part 5: Chapter 3
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...into his eyes and asks him if he truly thinks he can do something for Melinda. Paul says he thinks they might be her only chance. Moved by this idea, Janice... (full context)
Part 5: Chapter 7
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...Paul begins to feel nervous and to doubt the very idea that Coffey could heal Melinda Moores. He also worries that Hal might never let a convicted murderer inside his house.... (full context)
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...doubts, trying to keep him and his colleagues from completing the good deed of healing Melinda Moores. (full context)
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...Harry walks over with John Coffey, Hal raises his gun and threatens to shoot. Suddenly, Melinda Moores’s voice can be heard behind Hal. She calls him a “fucking cocksucker,” which unsettles... (full context)
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While Melinda is still swearing profusely, Coffey says he wants to help her. When Hal objects, saying... (full context)
Part 5: Chapter 8
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Lying on her bed, Melinda Moores looks unrecognizable. Her skin is livid and drooping, her hair a mess, and her... (full context)
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Melinda asks Coffey why his body is covered in scars and Coffey says he doesn’t remember.... (full context)
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Suddenly, Melinda’s body is agitated by a series of spasms and the men hear the sound of... (full context)
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Melinda wakes up as though from a trance and asks what has happened, explaining that she... (full context)
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...thanks Paul before shaking Coffey’s hand and thanking him as well. Before the men leave, Melinda gets up again to hug Coffey and gives him her necklace, explaining that it is... (full context)
Part 5: Chapter 9
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...to pee, Coffey remains in the car and Brutal tells Paul that, since Coffey swallowed Melinda’s sickness, he will probably die soon. On their way back to the car, Paul wonders... (full context)
Part 6: Chapter 2
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...the way to Paul’s office. Paul realizes, horrified, that Coffey’s face is now drooping like Melinda Moores’s. (full context)
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...entire time and that no one came down to E block. When Dean asks about Melinda, the men confirm that it was indeed a miracle. John finally reaches his bunk, where... (full context)
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...but that they had been willing to take that risk when they decided to help Melinda Moores. (full context)
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...for an explanation, Paul says that John has given Percy whatever he got out of Melinda. (full context)
Part 6: Chapter 12
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...Paul. She begins to cry and Paul holds her. She asks Paul what happened to Melinda Moores and Paul says she died about ten years later of a heart attack, outliving... (full context)
Part 6: Chapter 13
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...ghost. When Janice died in Paul’s arms, he cried out, wondering why John Coffey saved Melinda Moores but not his wife. Paul then realized that he, too, had been saved. (full context)