Zelia is a Mexican-American girl and devout Catholic whom Cappy meets while she is on a summer mission trip to the reservation. Zelia is extremely beautiful and she and Cappy fall in love after Cappy courts her by attending the church’s youth group. Zelia and Cappy have sex in the graveyard and in the church basement before Zelia returns to Montana. She helps open Cappy up to religion, teaching him about the rapture and encouraging him to go to confession. Zelia corresponds with Cappy via letters until her parents find out and send Cappy a threatening letter, instructing him to stop speaking to their daughter. It is this letter that compels Cappy, Angus, Zack, and Joe to drive to Montana, where they get in a car accident that kills Cappy.
Zelia Character Timeline in The Round House
The timeline below shows where the character Zelia appears in The Round House. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter Eight: Hide and Q
Chapter Nine: The Big Good-bye
...finds Cappy slumped in a lawn chair. When Joe greets Cappy, Cappy tells Joe that Zelia returned to her hometown. Cappy then divulges that they did “everything” in the graveyard the... (full context)
Chapter Eleven: The Child
...reminisce about how Father Travis chased Cappy around after his confession about having sex with Zelia. Joe brings up the possibly of Zelia having gotten pregnant, and Cappy says that he... (full context)