Wife to James Many Horses and close friend to Junior Polatkin, Norma is described as a “warrior,” a “cultural lifeguard,” and “the world champion fry bread maker.” She grows intolerant of her husband James’s many jokes when he continues making them in the face of a terminal cancer diagnosis, and leaves him for several months to go and live with a “cousin,” who may or may not be her lover. She eventually returns home to help James die in peace. Norma teaches Junior Polatkin that “watching automatically makes the watcher part of the happening,” and that “even the little things matter.” Norma is a wild dancer, a sexual adventurer, and is critical of Victor, unable to forgive him for the bullying he perpetrated in his younger years.
Norma Quotes in The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven
The The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven quotes below are all either spoken by Norma or refer to Norma. 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 Grove Press edition of The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven published in 2013.).
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Sometimes it feels like our tribe is dying a piece of fry bread at a time.
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Norma Character Timeline in The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven
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...up “for no reason at all.” Their friends, including Junior, stood by and watched, until Norma rescued Thomas. The boys obeyed the “powerful” and warrior-like Norma, who asked Thomas why he... (full context)
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