The Wanderer

Cody Character Analysis

Cody’s log entries make up one half of The Wanderer’s narration, with Sophie’s diary being the other. Cody’s journey across the ocean is less defined than Sophie’s—whereas Sophie know she wants to see Bompie, Cody just seems to be along for the ride. The way he acts aboard the ship fits this description, too, since he never seems to take anything too seriously, always calling different parts of the boat by the wrong name (sometimes deliberately, it seems, to frustrate Brian) and goofing off in general. This gets him in trouble with his father, Mo, quite often. Cody’s relationship with Mo transforms, however, aboard The Wanderer. While Mo begins the book constantly yelling and bickering at Cody, after the crew encounters a nearly fatal wave on the ocean, Mo begins to ease up on his son. Cody is also changed by the wave; shocked by the kindness his father begins to show him, Cody starts to see his father in a new light, as someone he doesn’t really know all that well, and as a fellow human being with his own unique history, not merely a brooding, cold authority figure. Cody’s own sense of identity—his sense of self-worth and independence—changes when his relationship to his father evolves.

Cody Quotes in The Wanderer

The The Wanderer quotes below are all either spoken by Cody or refer to Cody. 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 HarperCollins edition of The Wanderer published in 2011.
II. Shakedown Quotes

Sophie talks about my aunt and uncle as if they are her real parents, even though they are only her adopted parents and she’s only been with them three years. Brian says Sophie lives in a dream world, but I think it’s kind of neat that she does that. At least she isn’t sitting around moping about being an orphan.

Related Characters: Cody (speaker), Sophie, Brian
Page Number: 23-24
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V. Wind and Waves Quotes

Last night I dreamed about Sophie, and this morning I asked Uncle Dock if Sophie knew what had happened to her parents. He said, “At some level, Sophie must know. But consciously? That’s something only Sophie can answer.”

Related Characters: Cody (speaker), Sophie, Dock
Page Number: 178-179
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There's a little kid. And the little kid doesn't know what is going on. The little kid is just cold or hungry or scared and wants Mommy and Daddy. And when other people tell the little kid that Mommy and Daddy have gone to heaven . . . the little kid feels bad and wonders why they didn't take their little kid with them . . .
And everywhere the little kid goes, people ask what the little kid remembers about the grown-ups, who have gone away to the beautiful place, but the little kid doesn’t want to remember that painful thing. . . . The little kid wants to be right here, right now . . . not back at those times the little kid got left behind.
But no matter what the little kid might want, something inside pushes the little kid ahead while something or someone pulls the little kid back.

Related Characters: Sophie (speaker), Cody
Related Symbols: The Little Kid
Page Number: 204
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Last night, Cody and I got into this very serious talk about Life. We wondered if maybe people never die, but simply live on and on, leaving other planes behind. When you come near death, you die on one plane—so to everyone you are with, you are dead, but you—the you in you—doesn’t stop existing. Instead, you keep living the same as always and it just seems as if you’ve had a close call. We wondered if maybe we’re not each just one person, but many people existing on millions of different planes, like a line that branches off and branches again and on it goes, but it always has one central trunk.

Related Characters: Sophie (speaker), Cody
Related Symbols: The Open Ocean
Page Number: 210
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What I wonder is this: how come you don’t notice the time going by, and you don’t think you are changing in any way, but then all of a sudden you realize that what you are thinking today is different from what you thought yesterday and that you are different from what you were yesterday—or last week—or last month?

Related Characters: Cody (speaker)
Page Number: 211
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Everyone is talking about reaching Ireland, but I feel weird, as if we’re not really going to get there, or as if I’m not ready to be there. And what will happen with Sophie when we do reach Bompie? Maybe that’s part of the reason I don’t want to get there. I’m afraid for Sophie.

Related Characters: Cody (speaker), Sophie, Bompie
Page Number: 212
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VI. Land Quotes

I reached across the bed and touched her hand. “Sophie,” I said. “Maybe that’s not Bompie’s story. Maybe that’s your story.”
Bompie whispered, “Sophie, he’s right. That’s your story, honey.”
Sophie stared at me and then at Bompie. She looked so scared and so little sitting there beside Bompie. And then she put her head down on Bompie’s chest and she cried and cried and cried.

Related Characters: Cody (speaker), Sophie, Bompie
Related Symbols: The Wave, The Little Kid
Page Number: 249
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It was strange reading the ones about the car in the river, and leaping off the train tracks, and Bompie’s baptism, and Bompie in the swimming hole, and Bompie at the ocean. Most of what Sophie had told us was pretty much the way he had told it to her in his letters, except for the parts about struggling in the water. He was in the water all those times, but he hadn’t written about struggling in it.
Those parts had come from Sophie.

Related Characters: Cody (speaker), Sophie, Bompie
Page Number: 250
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Cody ripped off the wrapping. Inside was a pen-and-ink drawing of Cody juggling. He was standing on The Wanderer, and the boat was leaning way over, but Cody was perfectly balanced, and he was juggling not pretzels—or socks—but people. Each of us was a little wee tiny person up in the air, and Cody was juggling us.

Related Characters: Sophie (speaker), Cody
Page Number: 259
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I’ve been thinking about the little kid. I think that one day the little kid got lucky and she landed in a place where it was okay if she couldn’t remember all the time, and because it was okay if she couldn’t remember all the time, and because it was okay not to remember, she started to remember. And along with the painful things came the good things to remember and maybe she felt as if she’d found some things she’d lost.

Related Characters: Cody (speaker), Sophie
Related Symbols: The Little Kid
Page Number: 263
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Cody Character Timeline in The Wanderer

The timeline below shows where the character Cody appears in The Wanderer. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
I. Preparations
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...to join them, arguing that she knows more about boats than her two cousins—Brian and Cody—combined. (full context)
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...and always lying around tanning instead of helping with the boat, yet nonetheless barking orders. Cody, his son, is “fit and muscular,” and always attracting the attention of girls who pass... (full context)
II. Shakedown
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6. Slugs and Bananas. Chapter 6 marks Cody’s first log entry. He says that his father (Mo) is driving him crazy—all he does... (full context)
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7. Wildlife. Another journal entry from Sophie comes next, and she says that she, Cody, and Brian took the dinghy to land after anchoring The Wandererin the harbor at Block... (full context)
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8. The Dolt and the Orphan. Cody then writes about how he, Brian, and Sophie were walking along the island they visited... (full context)
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Cody also says that Sophie went up high in the bosun’s chair (a sling which lifts... (full context)
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...an entry saying the crew has left Block Island and is headed for Martha’s Vineyard. Cody, she adds, annoys his father (Mo), Brian, and Uncle Stew by never saying any of... (full context)
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10. Ahoy. Cody writes an entry saying that he’s starting to enjoy “this sailing stuff.” He also says... (full context)
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11. Juggling. Sophie writes another entry, and says that Cody is still getting on Mo, Brian, and Stew’s nerves by refusing to use the proper... (full context)
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12. Blah-blah-blah.Cody says that it’s been a stupid day. Brian was “blah-blah-blahing about points of sail”like a... (full context)
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14. Bompie and the Car. Cody writes an entry about the first Bompie story Sophie tells aboard The Wanderer. Bompie lived... (full context)
III. The Island
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...by imagining what it would be like to live the life of a fisherman, while Cody thinks she’s bizarre for being excited about something so seemingly boring and laborious. (full context)
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16. Stranded. Cody writes an entry in his log saying that he asked Uncle Dock what happened to... (full context)
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...cooking and cleaning, but none of the actual sailing and handiwork. When Sophie says that Cody does most of the cooking, Frank starts calling him Mr. Mom, and tells him that... (full context)
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18. Bompie and the Train. Cody writes in his log that he can’t figure Sophie out. She’s amazed by the smallest... (full context)
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Cody then writes about another Bompie story Sophie tells. When Bompie was young, he lived near... (full context)
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When Sophie and Cody return to Grand Manan, Uncle Mo scolds them for getting themselves into potential danger. They... (full context)
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20. The Little Kid. Cody writes his own entry about his trip with Sophie to Wood Island. He says that... (full context)
21. The Baptism. In Sophie’s next journal entry, she describes how she, Cody, and Brian all went to a boat-building shop owned by a man who specializes in... (full context)
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22. Bompie and the Pastor. In Cody’s next journal, he says that he came up on Dock having another serious conversation—this time... (full context)
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Cody then retells another Bompie story from Sophie, this time about when Bompie was baptized. When... (full context)
IV. Under Way
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24. Oranges and Pizza.Cody writes that it’s unbelievable that the crew is finally getting under way. He says that... (full context)
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26. Code.Codywrites that his dad gave his first lesson in radio code. While Cody thought it was... (full context)
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28. Charlie-Oscar-Delta-Yankee. Cody again writes that The Wanderer is really moving along, with no detours, but that the... (full context)
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...and Brian were looking for someone to blame. Naturally, they both pointed their fingers at Cody. When Cody described what had happened to the sails, instead of using the proper sailing... (full context)
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30. Knots.Cody writes that he learned how to tie a new kind of knot from Sophie. When... (full context)
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32. Bompie and the Swimming Hole. Cody then writes a log entry that records another one of Sophie’sBompie stories. When Bompie was... (full context)
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...if he always gets in trouble whenever he goes into it. Sophie doesn’t answer, and Cody writes that she suddenly looks incredibly fragile after hearing Brian’s question. Cody replies to Brian’s... (full context)
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34. Little Kid Nightmares. Cody writes the next entry, and says that he’s been sleeping poorly because his father’s been... (full context)
V. Wind and Waves
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36. Bouncing. Cody writes a very brief entry about the sea rolling and bouncing, saying he wants to... (full context)
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38. Howling.Cody writes another brief entry saying that “it’s all wind and walls of water,” and that... (full context)
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...As the crewmembers of The Wanderer find themselves in the middle of a vicious storm, Cody writes that he told his father he didn’t want to die. Mo replied by telling... (full context)
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...she gets told to take the helm instead. Further, she says that when Dock chose Cody to help fix one of the sails instead of her, she “threw a little fit.”... (full context)
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42. Battling. As the storm gets worse, Sophie and Cody’s journal entries become short and terse for several chapters. In Battling, Cody says it’s better... (full context)
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44. The Son. Cody then writes that his father told him he’d been a good son, but that he,... (full context)
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...saw Uncle Stew with his arm around Brian, and Uncle Mo with his arm around Cody, and then Uncle Dock holding the rail, looking out at the sea. She says that... (full context)
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46. Bompie at the Ocean. Cody writes another entry about one of Sophie’s Bompie stories, which she told to Cody while... (full context)
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48. Night. In Cody’s next entry, he writes that he tried to get a message to his mother last... (full context)
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...wave. Sophie says she was stationed on lookout, with Uncle Dock in the cockpit and Cody at the wheel, when she noticed a wave approaching that was about fifty feet high,... (full context)
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...Mo, Brian, and Stew are also below deck; Brian lets her know that he’s seen Cody and Dock still on board—they’re just up on deck. Cody’s head had been banged up... (full context)
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51. Limping.Cody writes that the crew is “limping along by the seat of our pants.” He says... (full context)
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53. Bompie and his Father. Cody writes an entry about another Bompie story Sophie tells—she mentioned it after Cody asked if... (full context)
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54. Mr. Fix-It.In her next journal entry, Sophie writes that Cody has been very active in making boat repairs, working non-stop while the rest of the... (full context)
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56. Useful. After Cody writes that The Wanderer has sails again (in Wet), Sophie writes an entry saying that... (full context)
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58. Little Kid: Push and Pull.Cody writes an entry about another story Sophie tells him—but this time, it’s not about Bompie.... (full context)
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...In Sophie’s next journal entry, she writes that Mo is trying to be kinder to Cody—Mo’s stopped barking at him and calling him names. She says that Cody doesn’t seem to... (full context)
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Sophie then mentions a discussion she had with Cody about life. They wondered if people actually ever die, of if they just leave forever,... (full context)
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60. Questions. Cody writes the last log entry of the fifth section of the book, saying that he... (full context)
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Cody adds that he’s still not sure how Sophie knows Bompie’sstories, or if they even really... (full context)
VI. Land
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...opens the last section of the book with a journal entry announcing that she and Cody spotted land—the coast of Ireland. Cody then writes his own log entry (Land) about his... (full context)
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62. Land. Cody adds that Uncle Stew and Mo got into a big argument. Stew was wondering who... (full context)
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64. New Body.Cody then writes his own account of the pub, and realizes that Sophie was mixing up... (full context)
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67. Phone Call. Cody then writes, in his own journal, that he and Sophie were able to phone home... (full context)
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Cody ends his journal entry saying that everyone is on a ferry crossing the Irish Sea... (full context)
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69. The Little Girl. In Cody’s next entry, he says that the crew has stopped at an Inn in Wales. While... (full context)
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...arrives downstairs, everyone stops talking and stares at her. Then, the whole crew has dinner—and Cody writes that he could barely eat, because all he could do was look at Sophie,... (full context)
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Cody then writes that the crew just crossed the Severn River on a bridge, and has... (full context)
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71. The Cottage. Cody’snext entry details the crew’s arrival at Bompie’scottage. When they arrive, a nurse greets them, and... (full context)
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...Jonah is away at camp. He says the same thing to Mo and Stew. When Cody and Brian step forward, Bompie identifies them as Mo and Stew; when Sophie steps forward,... (full context)
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73. The Story. Cody’s next entry begins a week after they’ve arrived at Bompie’s. On the second day there,... (full context)
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...that the story is her own, Sophie puts her head on Bompie’s chest and cries. Cody says he left them there together, and about an hour later, Sophie came to him... (full context)
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75. Oh, Rosalie! Cody then writes an entry and says that Rosalie left Dock. She had plans she wasn’t... (full context)
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...taking up a list; a watercolor for Uncle Dock of The Wanderer; a drawing for Cody of him juggling; and a drawing for Sophie of her up in the bosun’s chair,... (full context)
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77. Remembering. In Cody’s last journal entry, he says that it was difficult saying goodbye to Uncle Dock and... (full context)
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Cody then writes that, while walking on the beach, he tried to suggest that the grandfather... (full context)
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Cody adds that Dock called and said that The Wanderer had been repaired and that he’d... (full context)
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...In her last journal entry, Sophie says that she’s happy to be home, and that Cody and Brian are staying with her for a couple of weeks. She says that her... (full context)