Parable of the Sower

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:
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). 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."

Related Characters: Lauren Olamina (speaker), Zahra Moss, Harry Balter
Page Number: 182
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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.
Chapter 12
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...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)
Chapter 13
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...are missing. Just as the fire is dying down, the alarm goes off again, and Harry Balter’s mother starts screaming that there are intruders robbing the houses. (full context)
Chapter 14
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...calls Lauren’s name, and she turns around to see Zahra Moss, Richard’s youngest wife, and Harry Balter. They are clinging to each other and are both covered in blood. Zahra says... (full context)
Chapter 15
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Harry has a concussion and sleeps most of the next day. Lauren is grateful for the... (full context)
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Lauren points out that if Harry goes to Olivar the Garfields will take him in, but Harry refuses, saying that there... (full context)
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...Zahra says she will be able to trade the younger boys’ shoes for some food. Harry and Lauren agree to travel together, and Lauren says she will pretend to be a... (full context)
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Harry expresses surprise at Lauren’s indifference over the fact that Zahra stole the peaches she brought... (full context)
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...gun loaded and half-hidden in its holster. Lauren knows she needs to tell Zahra and Harry about her hyperempathy, but wants to wait until they trust each other more. (full context)
Chapter 16
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...sometimes even suck on rocks. People build campfires even though it is illegal, and Lauren, Harry, and Zahra cook their food on a small fire. While they eat, others wander over... (full context)
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...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)
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...The trio plan to do the overnight watch in three-hour shifts, with Lauren going first. Harry gives Lauren his wristwatch, a gift from his mother. Zahra asks Lauren to teach her... (full context)
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...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)
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Unable to get the gun from Harry, Lauren retrieves a knife from her pack and slits the man’s throat. She tells Harry... (full context)
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...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)
Chapter 17
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As Lauren, Harry, and Zahra keep walking, they see an enormous fire, perhaps a whole other neighborhood set... (full context)
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Yet despite his interest in Lauren’s writing, Harry remains distrustful of the “new” Lauren. Zahra, on the other hand, is not troubled by... (full context)
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...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)
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The trio reach the ocean, which none of them has ever seen before. Harry goes for a swim, but Lauren and Zahra don’t. Lauren notes that there seems to... (full context)
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...shoots it, scaring the other dogs away. Later on, the family comes to join Lauren, Harry, and Zahra. The man’s name is Travis, the woman is Natividad, and their son is... (full context)
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Harry accidentally refers to Lauren as “she,” and Lauren is forced to admit that she is... (full context)
Chapter 18
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Harry joins the conversation. Travis discusses the physical law of entropy, which surprises Lauren; Travis explains... (full context)
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...to be found in acknowledging the truth of the universe and trying to “shape” God. Harry shouts: “Amen!” They have dinner, and Lauren reflects that it has been a good day.... (full context)
Chapter 19
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...at her. He is black, and Lauren likes his smile, so she smiles back. Meanwhile, Harry has found a scrunched up rag containing rolls of cash. Lauren tells him to buy... (full context)
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...has never been in more pain in her life. She opens her eyes to see Harry and Bankole staring at her with concern. Harry tells her that the group are all... (full context)
Chapter 20
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...but there is no sign of Bankole. Lauren sets out to look for him, and Harry joins her. They are frightened by sounds in the darkness, when suddenly Bankole emerges, leaving... (full context)
Chapter 21
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...far away from the other camps and settles in. While Lauren is cleaning her gun, Harry comes over and mentions that he knows about what’s happening between her and Bankole. Later,... (full context)
Chapter 25
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...her family. However, Bankole maintains some hope that they are still alive, and he and Harry go to the police to ask for help finding them. The police are suspicious and... (full context)
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Harry says that there were no jobs in the local town when he and Bankole went... (full context)