The Round House

Mayla Wolfskin Character Analysis

Mayla Wolfskin is a beautiful young Native woman who Linden Lark murders. Mayla, who started a job in the South Dakota governor’s office as a high schooler, has an illicit affair with governor Curtis Yeltow, an older white man. When Curtis finds out that Mayla is pregnant, he pays her to keep quiet about the baby’s paternity. Linden, who also worked for Yeltow and who is obsessed with Mayla, abducts her out of possessive jealousy and greed for her money. Linden later kills Mayla and leaves her body in the nearby construction site.

Mayla Wolfskin Quotes in The Round House

The The Round House quotes below are all either spoken by Mayla Wolfskin or refer to Mayla Wolfskin. 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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Chapter 8 Quotes

I suppose I am one of those people who just hates Indians generally… my feeling is that Indian women are—what he called us, I don't want to say… He said we have no standing under the law for a good reason and yet have continued to diminish the white man and to take his honor… I won't get caught, he said… I know as much law as a judge. Know any judges? I have no fear… The strong should rule the weak. Instead of the weak the strong! It is the weak who pull down the strong.

Related Characters: Geraldine (speaker), Linden Lark (speaker), Joe Coutts, Bazil, Mayla Wolfskin
Page Number: 161
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Mayla Wolfskin Character Timeline in The Round House

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Chapter Eight: Hide and Q
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...tells Bazil that the call she received on the day of her rape was from Mayla Wolfskin, who wanted to enroll her child. Bazil asks who the child’s father was and... (full context)
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...back to the round house, untied her, and took off the pillowcase. Inside, Geraldine saw Mayla Wolfskin and her baby. Mayla had just recently come into the office to file her... (full context)
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With their attacker right outside, Mayla and Geraldine looked at each other, and Mayla kept looking at her baby, so Geraldine... (full context)
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...to Geraldine. As he apologized he uncapped a gas can and poured it all over Mayla and Geraldine. While the attacker was looking the other way, Geraldine peed on his pants,... (full context)
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...that Geraldine refused to talk about what is in the file until she knows that Mayla and the baby are safe. Bazil explains that Mayla is s relative of Larose, a... (full context)
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...and Joe watches Whitey change a tire for Geraldine’s childhood friend Larose, who is also Mayla’s relative. While Whitey unscrews the tire, Larose takes Joe inside. Joe asks Larose how she... (full context)
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...boats. Zack hypothesizes that they are looking for a car, and Joe knows it is Mayla’s, which Geraldine said the attacker sent to the bottom of the lake. He also knows... (full context)
Chapter Nine: The Big Good-bye
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...was found. The police connected that the child that Curtis Yeltow wanted to adopt was Mayla’s child. Social workers claimed to have found the baby in a Goodwill with a note... (full context)
Chapter Eleven: The Child
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...entire family, but proceeds to say that the attack was really about Linden’s obsession with Mayla. When Geraldine filed Mayla’s daughter’s tribal enrollment form, Mayla named Curtis Yeltow, not Linden, as... (full context)
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...hypothesizes that Linden kept hanging around the reservation to make sure that no one found Mayla’s body. (full context)
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...sobs, and mumbles about the construction site. Joe realizes that Bugger must have stumbled upon Mayla’s body in the construction site and that even if he and Cappy had not killed... (full context)
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...and looks in his desk drawers, where he finds a manila folder. Inside, Joe sees Mayla’s enrollment form for her daughter, with Curtis Yeltow listed as the father. Joe puts it... (full context)
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Joe tells Cappy about finding Mayla’s file in Bazil’s desk and how Mayla’s baby’s father was Curtis Yeltow. Joe surmises that... (full context)