Parable of the Sower

Wardell Parrish Character Analysis

Wardell Parrish is a relative of Mrs. Sims who moves into her house after she dies. He is a widower. He is an unkind and suspicious person who tries to get the police to arrest Lauren’s father after Keith’s death. After his children are killed in a fire in the neighborhood, he lapses into insanity.
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Wardell Parrish Character Timeline in Parable of the Sower

The timeline below shows where the character Wardell Parrish 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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Mrs. Sims’s cousins Wardell Parrish and Rosalee Payne inherit her house. They are twins whose spouses have both died.... (full context)
Chapter 8
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...target practice anymore after this. The oldest Payne kids still come, even though their uncle Wardell has been saying rude things about Lauren’s father. Keith, who is almost 13, begged to... (full context)
Chapter 10
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...been stealing from or competing with them. The police treat Lauren’s father suspiciously, especially after Wardell Parrish tells them about the fight he had with Keith. It is well known that... (full context)
Chapter 13
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...bodies of the Payne family were found inside the house. Even though Lauren doesn’t like Wardell (who survived), she feels sorry for him, as he is lost his house and his... (full context)
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...already started recruiting men to escort her. Lauren, meanwhile, will take over the neighborhood school. Wardell stays at the Olaminas’ for a week, behaving nonsensically and refusing to eat anything. Eventually,... (full context)