Before we’re introduced to him, Stobrod Thewes is described as a lazy ne’er-do-well who can’t even take care of his own child, Ruby. But when we meet Stobrod, he’s turned over a new leaf. Stobrod’s desire to become a better man—more honest, harder working, etc.—is symbolized by his devotion to playing the fiddle. Stobrod uses his talent for music to provide joy and amusement to others, and devotes long hours to learning and perfecting his craft. In a novel about making big changes in life, Stobrod’s fiddle is a powerful reminder that it’s not too late to start again.
The Fiddle Quotes in Cold Mountain
To Ada, though, it seemed akin to miracle that Stobrod, of all people, should offer himself up as proof positive that no matter what a waste one has made of one's life, it is ever possible to find some path to redemption, however partial.