Parable of the Sower

Joanne is Lauren’s best friend in the neighborhood. The two are close, but a rift forms between them when Lauren tries to tell Joanne about her fears for the future. Joanne is less courageous than Lauren and more inclined to share the adults’ tendency of being in denial about the state of the world. She leaves the neighborhood to move to Olivar, the city controlled by the KSF corporation.

Joanne Garfield Quotes in Parable of the Sower

The Parable of the Sower quotes below are all either spoken by Joanne Garfield or refer to Joanne Garfield. 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 5 Quotes

"You don't know that! You can't read the future. No one can."
"You can," I said, "if you want to. It's scary but once you get past the fear, it's easy.”

Related Characters: Lauren Olamina (speaker), Joanne Garfield (speaker)
Page Number: 55
Explanation and Analysis:

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Joanne Garfield Character Timeline in Parable of the Sower

The timeline below shows where the character Joanne Garfield appears in Parable of the Sower. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 4
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...is going well when a feral dog walks over. She is standing with her friend Joanne Garfield, who immediately begins to panic. The dog runs away into the bushes. (full context)
Chapter 5
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...trying to get the police to find Amy’s murderer, although this will realistically be impossible. Joanne comes over to have lunch in Lauren’s bedroom. Lauren loves the privacy of having her... (full context)
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...the South, a blizzard in the Midwest, and a measles epidemic on the East Coast. Joanne says her mother hopes that President Donner will make everything go back to “normal,” but... (full context)
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Joanne suggests that her mother may be right about Donner, but Lauren denies this, arguing that... (full context)
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Lauren shows Joanne a pile of books about survival in the wilderness, medical emergencies, and living off the... (full context)
Chapter 6
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...The Book of the Living: “Drowning people sometimes die fighting their rescuers.” Lauren writes that Joanne told her mother about their conversation, and that the news got to Lauren’s father. Lauren... (full context)
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...change the subject by asking if her father got back the book she lent to Joanne, about California plants and the way Native Americans used them. Lauren’s father smiles and explains... (full context)
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Lauren’s father asks Lauren if she tried to persuade Joanne to run away, which is what Joanne’s father claims. Lauren tells her father everything she... (full context)
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...father preaches from the part of Genesis that describes Noah and the ark. After church, Joanne apologizes, and Lauren halfheartedly accepts. As Joanne walks away, Lauren reflects sadly that she can... (full context)
Chapter 11
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Marcus tells Lauren that the Garfields (Joanne’s family) are planning on moving to Olivar, which makes Lauren sad. Marcus is now 12,... (full context)
Chapter 12
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...have been accepted by KSF and are moving to Olivar next month. Lauren goes to Joanne’s house while she packs, and questions her about the move. At first Joanne is defensive,... (full context)