The Round House


Louise Erdrich

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Betty Wishkob Character Analysis

Betty Wishkob is Linda’s adoptive mother, who decided to take Linda home after Grace and George Lark abandoned her because of her birth defect. Betty was a loving and patient mother who worked hard to try to reshape Linda’s misshapen head and limbs. Although Betty was extremely devoted to her daughter, she had a temper and could say mean things when she was mad. Betty dies before the events of the novel take place, leaving Linda her house.

Betty Wishkob Quotes in The Round House

The The Round House quotes below are all either spoken by Betty Wishkob or refer to Betty Wishkob. 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 Harper Perennial edition of The Round House published in 2013.
Chapter 6 Quotes

The welfare stole me from Betty and I was alone in the whiteness.

Related Characters: Linda Lark (speaker), Linden Lark, Betty Wishkob
Page Number: 123
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Betty Wishkob Character Timeline in The Round House

The timeline below shows where the character Betty Wishkob appears in The Round House. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter Three: Justice
Women, Bigotry, and Sexual Violence Theme Icon
...twins Linden and Linda were born, they gave Linda up because of a birth defect. Betty Wishkob, a Chippewa woman, raised Linda instead. (full context)
Chapter Six: Datalore
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That night, Betty Wishkob, a janitor at the hospital, held Linda, molding her deformed head with her hand... (full context)
Women, Bigotry, and Sexual Violence Theme Icon
...loving. Despite this, though, there were some problems: Linda’s foster father was an alcoholic and Betty had a temper problem. Linda recounts how her sister Sheryl once accidentally broke one of... (full context)
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After Betty and George Wishkob died, Linda lived in their house alone. One night, Linda received a... (full context)
Chapter Ten: Skin of Evil
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Linda explains that she decided to celebrate the day that Betty was given custody of her after she was taken away by social workers for the... (full context)