Flowering Judas


Katherine Anne Porter

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“A brown, shock-haired youth” who stands outside Laura’s house and sings “like a lost soul” for hours on end. He introduces the concept of Judas flower, which, as Lupe tells Laura, she must throw at him to make him leave. Instead, he begins to follow Laura around town and leaves her poems. He is also one of the organizers of the local Typographers Union and therefore straddles progressive politics and local tradition.

The Minstrel Quotes in Flowering Judas

The Flowering Judas quotes below are all either spoken by The Minstrel or refer to The Minstrel. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Harcourt edition of Flowering Judas published in 1979.
Flowering Judas Quotes

“If you will throw him one little flower, he will sing another song or two and go away.”

Related Characters: Lupe (speaker), Laura, The Minstrel
Related Symbols: The Judas Tree
Page Number: 96
Explanation and Analysis:
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The Minstrel Character Timeline in Flowering Judas

The timeline below shows where the character The Minstrel appears in Flowering Judas. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Flowering Judas
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A “shock-haired” young minstrel sings outside of Laura’s house every night. Lupe tells Laura that he happens to be... (full context)