The Round House

Linda Lark Character Analysis

Linda Lark is a white woman and expert banana bread baker who works in the reservation post office. Linda was raised by Betty Wishkob in her Chippewa family after Grace and George Lark, Linda's biological parents, abandoned her because a birth defect. Betty fought hard to keep Linda after social workers tried to remove her from their family, and she helped to reshape Linda's malformed limbs and head. When Linda is an adult, Grace approaches her to manipulate her into donating her kidney to Linden, Linda’s twin brother, which shows the cruelty of all the members of her biological family. Linda, who is friends with the Coutts family, helps provide the family with information about Linden’s intentions and whereabouts. After Joe kills Linden and hides the gun under Linda’s porch, Linda takes a sick day to disassemble and hide the gun, ensuring Joe’s safety. Linda, a highly spiritual person, feels that she is constantly in the presence of another spirit as well as her own, which she believes is related to the fact that she was separated from her twin at birth. Linda’s experience with Grace and Betty implies that families are also chosen, not born into, which is one of the book’s major thematic conclusions.

Linda Lark Quotes in The Round House

The The Round House quotes below are all either spoken by Linda Lark or refer to Linda Lark . 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
Explanation and Analysis:

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Linda Lark Character Timeline in The Round House

The timeline below shows where the character Linda Lark appears in The Round House. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter Three: Justice
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...legal victory. Bazil explains that George and Grace Lark are dead, but that their daughter Linda and their son Linden are still alive. Bazil describes the Larks as the type of... (full context)
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Bazil pulls out another case, which describes how Linda Lark was informally adopted by the Wishkob family and, after her foster parents’ deaths, the... (full context)
Chapter Six: Datalore
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...a suspect. Joe asks his father if the police have talked to either Linden or Linda Lark, and Bazil tells Joe that he talked to Linda. Bazil seems troubled as he... (full context)
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When Bazil and Joe meet Linda at the post office where she works, Joe is surprised by how “magnetically ugly” she... (full context)
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A few days later, Linda arrives at the house, hoping to talk to Geraldine. Joe tells her that Geraldine is... (full context)
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Linda launches into her story, which is offset from the rest of the narrative by a... (full context)
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That night, Betty Wishkob, a janitor at the hospital, held Linda, molding her deformed head with her hand as she did so. Betty later asked if... (full context)
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Linda describes how her adoptive parents reshaped her malformed limbs and head every night of her... (full context)
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After Betty and George Wishkob died, Linda lived in their house alone. One night, Linda received a phone call from Grace Lark.... (full context)
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When Linda and Grace sat down to dinner, Grace first expressed shocked that Linda was not mentally... (full context)
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When Linda called Sheryl to tell her about meeting with Grace, Sheryl insisted that Linda not give... (full context)
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Later, as Linda sat with Linden in the hospital, Linda asked Linden about his job as a mail... (full context)
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Linda goes silent, and Joe, struggling to think of what to say, tries to comfort Linda.... (full context)
Chapter Nine: The Big Good-bye
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...for the letter he wrote in response. The boys bike to the post office, where Linda is working. Linda tells Joe she made him banana bread, but Joe turns his back... (full context)
Chapter Ten: Skin of Evil
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Linda arrives at the house and Bazil lets her in. Joe, who has sorted out his... (full context)
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...because he finds it overwhelming. He realizes that the next step is to talk to Linda and find out Linden’s golf schedule. Three days later, Joe goes to the post office... (full context)
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Joe orchestrates running into Linda during her lunch. He goes to the sandwich bar that Linda frequents daily, checking for... (full context)
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Linda explains that she decided to celebrate the day that Betty was given custody of her... (full context)
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Joe then asks Linda if Linden plays golf, and Linda looks at Joe and blinks. Joe, thinking fast, tells... (full context)
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...looks out the window and sees Bugger Pourier stealing his bicycle. He excuses himself from Linda’s company and catches up to Bugger, then walks beside him while Bugger rides. After a... (full context)
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...sled and collect large stones. As they work, Joe tells Cappy about his conversation with Linda about Linden’s golf habits. Cappy tells Joe that they have to start putting Joe’s plan... (full context)
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For the rest of the week, Joe feels sick from the shrimp he ate with Linda. While he is resting in bed, he tries to read Dune, the book that Father... (full context)
Chapter Eleven: The Child
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...gun in the trunk. After some difficulty, Cappy starts the car and they drive to Linda’s house. (full context)
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When they arrive at Linda’s house, no one is home. The boys hide the gun under Linda’s front porch and... (full context)
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...months before, and remembers how happy and ignorant he was. Joe asks his father if Linda knows about Linden’s death, and Bazil says that he has not been able to get... (full context)
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First Joe rides to the post office. The other postal workers tell Joe that Linda has taken sick leave, so Joe goes to Linda’s house. There Linda invites Joe into... (full context)
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Once they finish their sandwiches, Linda tells Joe that she realizes that he got his information about the golf course from... (full context)
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Joe surprises both Linda and himself by asking why Linden raped Geraldine. Linda replies that Linden hated Joe’s entire... (full context)
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Linda imagines that Linden wanted to find the enrollment form in order to blackmail Yeltow, and... (full context)
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Joe suddenly is filled with dread, and he asks Linda if he (Joe) is “like” Linden. Linda tells him that while the murder will get... (full context)
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Lastly, Linda tells Joe to tell “whoever did it” to “rest easy.” Linda then changes the subject... (full context)
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...Bugger, when Bugger stole his bike outside of the diner where Joe was talking with Linda. Bugger had told Joe that he had seen something strange and was unsure whether it... (full context)
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Joe decides to look for Bugger to ask what he saw. At the post office, Linda tells Joe that Bugger is in the hospital due to a foot injury. Joe rides... (full context)