Whitey is Joe’s uncle and the owner of the reservation’s gas station. Whitey lives with Sonja, an ex-stripper who most people think is his wife even though they are not married. Whitey gives Joe a job at the gas station during the summer. Whitey is a jokester and a loving uncle whom Joe adores until one day he sees Whitey beat Sonja because he thinks she’s cheating on him. Joe, horrified by his uncle’s actions, tries to reconcile the uncle he loves with Whitey’s capacity for violence.
Whitey Quotes in The Round House
The The Round House quotes below are all either spoken by Whitey or refer to Whitey. 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 Harper Perennial edition of The Round House published in 2013.).
Chapter 8 Quotes
I won’t touch her, see? Even though some prick she's stringing along bought her diamond earrings. I won’t touch her. But she is dirty. His eyes rolled toward her, red with weeping now. Dirty. Someone else, Joe.
Whitey Character Timeline in The Round House
The timeline below shows where the character Whitey appears in The Round House. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter Two: Lonely Among Us
...cook dinner. Joe goes to get a pie from Clemence for dessert. At Clemence’s house, Whitey, Mooshum, and Clemence are sitting around drinking iced tea. Clemence, who is caring for Mooshum... (full context)
...return to discussing the rape, but quickly stop when they remember Joe’s presence. Mooshum asks Whitey to tell him about “Red Sonja,” referring to Sonja’s old stripping persona, which clearly turns... (full context)
Chapter Three: Justice
Chapter Seven: Angel One
Chapter Eight: Hide and Q
...tells Clemence that he quit his job at the station. Clemence realizes that Sonja and Whitey are fighting again. Joe helps Clemence with chores. After dinner, Joe goes into the sewing... (full context)
Chapter Nine: The Big Good-bye
...down the dirt road with Father Travis in hot pursuit. Father Travis chases Cappy around Whitey’s gas station, the grocery store, through the graveyard, and back to the church playground. Cappy... (full context)
Chapter Ten: Skin of Evil
Chapter Eleven: The Child