William’s mother. A Yao (Muslim cultural group) Malawian, Agnes supports her children, stretching the food as much as possible through the famine and opening a small food stand to keep food on the table for her children. Though a devoted mother, Agnes does not fully understand William’s crazy inventions but tries to support his dreams anyway.
Agnes Kamkwamba Quotes in The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind
The The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind quotes below are all either spoken by Agnes Kamkwamba or refer to Agnes Kamkwamba. 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 William Morrow edition of The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind published in 2010.).
Chapter 7 Quotes
My parents never scolded Rose for taking more than her share. But Doris soon reached her breaking point. Over the past weeks she'd become paranoid, fearing she wouldn't get any food at supper and my parents wouldn't help her.
Agnes Kamkwamba Character Timeline in The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind
The timeline below shows where the character Agnes Kamkwamba appears in The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...girl who comes to the market each morning, who William reveals will become William’s mother, Agnes. Agnes notices Trywell staring and asks about his reputation. The stories of Trywell’s fights excite... (full context)
William trusts his father, but overhears a troubling conversation one day between Trywell and Agnes. At a rally called by the Malawi Congress Party that had supported President Banda, Trywell... (full context)
...of the Kamkwambas have lost perilous amounts of weight. Trwyell begins weighing himself obsessively, but Agnes refuses to weigh herself and forbids the children from approaching the scale. Agnes tells her... (full context)
...through garbage. With Geoffrey away working with Uncle Musaiwale, Gilbert is William’s only supporter. Even Agnes begins to worry that William will never have a normal life, through Trywell defends William’s... (full context)
...to see if the feces will let off biogas. Before William can check his experiment, Agnes comes into the kitchen yelling about the terrible smell. William attempts to justify his experiment... (full context)