Thump Milton’s wife and the leader of a violent attack against Ree; she eventually brings Ree to her father Jessup’s body. Merab is tough but practical, and though her actions are brutal, the logic behind them is, to her, clear as day. Her devotion to her husband, to protecting the “old ways,” and to the preservation of her own reputation are all staunch and unmovable. In many ways, the only match to her stubbornness and allegiance to her clan is Ree herself.
Merab Quotes in Winter’s Bone
The Winter’s Bone quotes below are all either spoken by Merab or refer to Merab. 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 Back Bay Books edition of Winter’s Bone published in 2007.).
Chapter 11 Quotes
“Ma’am, I got a real bad need to talk with Thump Milton…I need to, I really, really need to, ma’am. Please—I am a Dolly! Some of our blood at least is the same. That’s s’posed to mean somethin’—ain’t that what is always said?”
Merab Character Timeline in Winter’s Bone
The timeline below shows where the character Merab appears in Winter’s Bone. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...the ground beside her, and she places them in the pocket of her grandmother’s coat. Merab approaches Ree calmly, telling her that she was “warned,” and asking why she wouldn’t listen.... (full context)