Pages 97-100 Summary

At Sita’s wedding, the groom’s drunk brother and cousins decide to kidnap the bride and make her husband, Jimmy Bohl, find her. They are giddy with drunken laughter at the thought of Jimmy hollering for Sita; they are even more amused when they imagine him getting into his Lincoln (decorated with toilet paper and shaving cream), driving off to find her, and immediately smelling the Limburger cheese (which they strategically placed) coming through the heat vents.

Jimmy is pudgy and wears a pompadour and goatee; he is an accomplished ballroom dancer, but Sita is miserable dancing as she is being “flung back and forth across the floor.” The drunken gang wonders if Sita’s parents will be angry when they kidnap their daughter, but Fritzie and Pete seem content.

Sita is dressed in grand finery, but her smile is bleak and she has a look of nervous exhaustion. The kidnappers are disgruntled because Sita kept stringing Jimmy along in hopes of finding someone better.

Soon Sita is in a car, squished in the middle of the backseat, desperate to escape. They deposit her on a nearly deserted spot on reservation land. It is bitterly cold, and even the jacket one of them leaves for her is virtually useless.

Sita is so sick, furious, and frightened that she can barely speak. As the taillights fade into the distance, a gust of wind carries Sita’s voluminous dress up over her head just as she enters a small reservation bar. Sita is an astonishing sight to the bar patrons until, layer by layer, she manages to smooth her dress down until her face emerges. One woman thinks she is a queen, but another grabs Russell Kashpaw’s arm and says it is a bride. Sita’s face is horribly distorted in her rage.