The community’s most prominent banker, who arranges for Tyler Smith and Ginny Cook Smith to borrow money and develop their new farmland. Much as the Fool’s comic status in King Lear allowed him to speak his mind about Lear while the other characters flattered him, Marv’s financial independence and neutrality sometimes allows him to speak the truth about Larry and the Cook sisters while other characters just try to tell them what they want to hear. Marvin corresponds to the character of the Fool in King Lear.
The timeline below shows where the character Marvin Carson appears in A Thousand Acres. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Book 1, Chapter 5
Book 1, Chapter 7
...driving back: she sees that he’s found Harold and Loren. Another car pulls up, carrying Marv Carson and Ken LaSalle (Larry’s lawyer and friend). Pete and Rose arrive, and soon there... (full context)
Book 3, Chapter 22
Book 3, Chapter 26
Book 4, Chapter 30
Book 5, Chapter 40