Harry is a white man from Lauren’s neighborhood who was Joanne’s boyfriend, and is one of the only people who survives the massacre. He joins Lauren and Zahra on the walk north, eventually becoming part of the first Earthseed community. Harry is sensitive and stubborn, with a strong sense of moral principles. While this is positive in some ways, it is also evidence of Harry’s comparatively sheltered and privileged background. As he spends more time on the road, he comes to accept that flexibility is necessary in order to adapt to the “crazy time” in which the characters are living.
Harry Balter Quotes in Parable of the Sower
The Parable of the Sower quotes below are all either spoken by Harry Balter or refer to Harry Balter. 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 Grand Central Publishing edition of Parable of the Sower published in 2000.).
Chapter 16 Quotes
"We're a pack, the three of us, and all those other people out there aren't in it. If we're a good pack, and we work together, we have a chance. You can be sure we aren't the only pack out here."
Harry Balter Character Timeline in Parable of the Sower
The timeline below shows where the character Harry Balter appears in Parable of the Sower. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...Joanne is defensive, but she eventually admits that she is nervous and sad about leaving Harry Balter, her cousin and boyfriend. Lauren suggests that they could get married and Harry could... (full context)
...once did. They have already witnessed a man being robbed of everything as he walked. Harry is resistant to the harsh and selfish attitude Lauren and Zahra espouse, which leads Lauren... (full context)
...and gunfire in the distance, but fortunately no one approaches her. After handing over to Harry, she falls asleep immediately, but awakes again to the sound of gunshots nearby. Suddenly, a... (full context)
...and Lauren wonders why they had not been friends back in the neighborhood. Lauren assures Harry that she wouldn’t kill someone who had a non-life-threatening injury. She takes his hands and... (full context)
...water; however, they are also dangerous spaces where robberies often take place. As Lauren and Harry approach the station, they intervene in an attempted robbery of a young family—two parents and... (full context)