Winter’s Bone

Blond Milton Character Analysis

A member of Ree’s extended family, he brings her to a long-ago-exploded meth lab in an attempt to deceive her into believing her father died there. Later, he offers to take in one of Ree’s younger brothers in order to lessen the burden upon her, an offer she vehemently refuses due to his involvement with the drug trade.

Blond Milton Quotes in Winter’s Bone

The Winter’s Bone quotes below are all either spoken by Blond Milton or refer to Blond Milton. 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 Back Bay Books edition of Winter’s Bone published in 2007.
Chapter 14 Quotes

“You son of a bitch. You go straight to hell’n fry in your own lard. Sonny’n Harold’ll die livin’ in a fuckin’ cave with me’n Mom before they’ll ever spend a single fuckin’ night with you. Goddam you, Blond Milton, you must think I’m a stupid idiot or somethin’—there’s horseweed standin’ chin-high inside that place!”

Related Characters: Ree Dolly (speaker), Sonny Dolly, Harold Dolly, Connie Dolly, Blond Milton
Page Number: 77
Explanation and Analysis:

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Blond Milton Character Timeline in Winter’s Bone

The timeline below shows where the character Blond Milton appears in Winter’s Bone. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1
Family, Destiny, and Inheritance Theme Icon
Isolation and Independence Theme Icon
...He stands with Ree and looks out at the carcasses, wondering if their cousin Blond Milton will bring some meat over for them to eat later. Harold suggests they go to... (full context)
Chapter 4
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Women and Matriarchy Theme Icon
...a large box filled with venison, cans of food, and sundry goods. Sonya is Blond Milton’s wife, and he once cheated on her with Connie—together, they had Sonny. Sonya tells Ree... (full context)
Chapter 9
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...jail. Her mother had once been beautiful and engaging, and had an affair with Blond Milton that resulted in Sonny’s conception. (full context)
Chapter 14
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...her Sonny and Harold how to cook potatoes, but before she can get started, Blond Milton flies into the house in a rage, telling Ree that “there’s people goin’ round sayin’... (full context)
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Blond Milton drives Ree far out into the mountains. They eventually reach a burned-out house with a... (full context)
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...out of the car and goes up to the house to take a look, though Milton tries to discourage her, warning that the fumes and debris are toxic. Inside the wreckage... (full context)
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When they arrive at the house, Blond Milton offers to take Sonny—his biological son—off of her hands, and raise him as his own.... (full context)
Chapter 23
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Upon returning to the house, Ree sees a white car parked nearby; Blond Milton and another Dolly man are talking with a stranger. Ree approaches, and asks the stranger... (full context)
Chapter 30
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Women and Matriarchy Theme Icon
...are. Ree tells Gail that she will send Sonny to live with Sonya and Blond Milton, and that she “guesses” she’ll “carry Mom to the [hospital and] leave her on the... (full context)