A young boy and former student of Cates’, Howard claims, in the trial, that Cates taught him something of Darwin’s theory of evolution, but Howard admits that this theory had very little impact on his life—that he doesn’t feel, necessarily, that Darwin prevents him from believing in God or from behaving as a “good boy” would. Howard does, though, scandalize Melinda when he tells her she was descended from monkeys.
Howard Quotes in Inherit the Wind
The Inherit the Wind quotes below are all either spoken by Howard or refer to Howard. 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: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Ballantine Books edition of Inherit the Wind published in 2003.).
Act 2, Scene 2 Quotes
Let’s put it this way, Howard. All this fuss and feathers about Evolution, do you think it hurt you any?
Did it do you any harm? You still feel reasonably fit? Did it hurt your baseball game any? Affect your pitching arm?
No, sir. I’m a leftie.
Howard Character Timeline in Inherit the Wind
The timeline below shows where the character Howard appears in Inherit the Wind. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Act 1, Scene 1
Act 2, Scene 2
Act 3, Scene 1