John Grady’s father, he only appears briefly at the beginning of the novel. It seems that the two were once close, but the father went away to fight in World War II and was imprisoned in Goshee, a POW camp, after which he was different. He seems not to care about much as the novel opens, essentially shrugging his shoulders at his ex-wife’s decision to sell the ranch. John Grady thinks about his father at various times throughout the book, and feels regret at their failure to establish a closer relationship.
The timeline below shows where the character Wayne Cole appears in All the Pretty Horses. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.