Parable of the Sower

Zahra Moss was born outside the neighborhood and was homeless until Richard Moss “bought” her from her mother. Although Richard was sexist and his other wives treated Zahra cruelly, she still liked living in the Moss household simply because of the security it provided. Along with Lauren and Harry, Zahra is one of the only survivors of the neighborhood massacre. She is tough as a result of having grown up on the streets, yet also kind. She is illiterate, but is taught by Lauren how to read and write. She and Lauren develop a close friendship, and Zahra is supportive of Lauren’s leadership of the group.

Zahra Moss Quotes in Parable of the Sower

The Parable of the Sower quotes below are all either spoken by Zahra Moss or refer to Zahra Moss. 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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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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Chapter 17 Quotes

"I wasn't crying about that fire. I was crying about our fire and my Bibi and

thinking about how much I hate people who set fires like that. I wish they would burn. I wish I could burn them. I wish I could just take them and throw them in the fire… like they did my Bibi."

Related Characters: Zahra Moss (speaker)
Related Symbols: Fire
Page Number: 198
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Zahra Moss Character Timeline in Parable of the Sower

The timeline below shows where the character Zahra Moss appears in Parable of the Sower. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 14
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Someone 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... (full context)
Chapter 15
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...next day. Lauren is grateful for the distraction of looking after him and talking with Zahra, who periodically burst into tears over the loss of her little daughter. Zahra explains that... (full context)
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...Garfields will take him in, but Harry refuses, saying that there is no future there. Zahra says it would be better than starving. Lauren explains that she is going to head... (full context)
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A little while later, Zahra brings them some peaches, and Lauren gives her the clothes she’d taken for her family... (full context)
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Harry expresses surprise at Lauren’s indifference over the fact that Zahra stole the peaches she brought them, considering Lauren’s Christian upbringing. This angers Lauren, who replies:... (full context)
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...keeps her 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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Lauren soon learns that “walking hurts.” Zahra advises the others to suck on the pip of a fruit to stave off thirst,... (full context)
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Zahra reminds them that “nobody’s safe,” and that even little children will rob people, as she... (full context)
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At that moment, two large men walk over, and one of them smiles at Zahra. Lauren flashes her gun at them and they quickly back off. The trio plan to... (full context)
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...it down onto the man’s head; she is knocked down by his pain. Harry and Zahra rush to check on her, and they discover that the injured man is somehow still... (full context)
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...retrieves a knife from her pack and slits the man’s throat. She tells Harry and Zahra to strip the two dead bodies and take anything useful. She takes food and money... (full context)
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Zahra and Lauren hug, and Lauren wonders why they had not been friends back in the... (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 alight. Some... (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 seeing this new side of Lauren, perhaps... (full context)
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...is part of what moves Lauren to help them. Earlier that morning, when she and Zahra were in the middle of a literacy lesson, Lauren mentioned to Zahra that she was... (full context)
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...none of them has ever seen before. Harry goes for a swim, but Lauren and Zahra don’t. Lauren notes that there seems to be little violence and crime on the beach,... (full context)
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...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 called Dominic... (full context)
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...good day. Harry has bought his own notebook to write in, and is helping with Zahra’s literacy lessons. Lauren even decides to tell Travis about Earthseed’s “Destiny.” Travis points out that... (full context)
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A week later, Lauren writes that she thinks Travis is her first convert, and Zahra is the second. Zahra isn’t interested in the outer space mission of Earthseed, but likes... (full context)
Chapter 19
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Suddenly a man grabs Zahra, and seconds later another grabs Lauren. Lauren manages to stab her attacker, and kills him;... (full context)
Chapter 21
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...day “talking, writing, reading, and making love to Bankole.” Jill and Allie have begun joining Zahra’s literacy lessons, and during the lesson the group discuss Earthseed. Bankole repeats his objection that... (full context)
Chapter 24
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...Lauren is still unconscious. Lauren was also shot, but the bullet only grazed her, and Zahra assures her that Bankole won’t let it get infected. Zahra points out that there was... (full context)
Chapter 25
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...Lauren points out that there won’t be anywhere safer the further north they go, and Zahra adds that Alexandra and her family must not have kept a good watch. (full context)
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...gold.” Lauren makes a final case for staying, and Allie is the first to agree. Zahra also says she’ll stay, but Harry remains resistant. He wants to buy land of his... (full context)