The father of Cody, brother of Dock and Stew, and uncle of Sophie and Brian, Mo begins The Wanderer having a poor relationship with his son. Constantly yelling at and scolding Cody, Mo has practically given up on trying to reach out and forge a better, healthier relationship with his son. Mo also is characterized from the start of the novel as lazy and out of shape—preferring to watch everyone else work while he sits back and pretends to be in charge. While Mo’s laziness doesn’t really change throughout the novel, his relationship with Cody does. After the crewmembers of The Wanderer have a run-in with a nearly fatal wave, Mo comes to appreciate the fragility of life more, and tells Cody that he has been a bad father. The two begin to repair their relationship, and mend the wounds they had at the beginning of the novel. Mo is also a talented artist, and, though he may not be the most helpful shipmate, he draws pictures for everyone aboard The Wanderer and gives them out as gifts in England.
Mo Character Timeline in The Wanderer
The timeline below shows where the character Mo appears in The Wanderer. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...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 the sailing terminology correctly. She says... (full context)
III. The Island
IV. Under Way
...finally getting under way. He says that he caught his father practicing juggling, and when Mo noticed Cody watching him, he dropped the oranges he was using, and said that juggling... (full context)
V. Wind and Waves