Violet’s father is one of the novel’s most poignant characters. A highly intelligent, often argumentative man, he teaches “dead languages” (mostly computer languages) at a university. He’s extremely critical of his own society, especially the overpowering culture of conspicuous consumption. However, Violet’s father also recognizes that having a feed is a necessity in America: he gets his own feed, which he carries around on his back (giving himself a permanent hunch) and arranges for a feed to be implanted in Violet’s brain. Toward the end of the novel, when complications with Violet’s feed threaten to kill her, Violet’s father personal blames himself for his daughter’s suffering. While Titus initially thinks of Violet’s father as a “weird” old man, it slowly becomes clear that he’s one of the only characters in the book who understands how horrifying the society of Feed really is.