Howell is Hiram’s father and also his enslaver. During the main section of the narrative he is already quite old (around 70) and dies at the end of the novel. Howell’s marriage produced one son, Maynard; his wife is dead by the time the narrative opens. Howell was attached to Rose and deluded himself into believing she loved him, even though—because he was her captor—he was actually her rapist. When Rose ran away, Howell’s delusion was shattered, and in punishment, he sold her. In his old age, Howell appears to soften a little, although he never takes substantial action to right his wrongs. He often expresses his regret to Hiram and confesses that he is not a good person.
Howell Walker Quotes in The Water Dancer
The The Water Dancer quotes below are all either spoken by Howell Walker or refer to Howell Walker. 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: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the One World edition of The Water Dancer published in 2019.).
Howell Walker Character Timeline in The Water Dancer
The timeline below shows where the character Howell Walker appears in The Water Dancer. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...prefers to teach him than Maynard, who is unintelligent and rude, constantly embarrassing himself and Howell in front of company. He remembers Thena’s insistence that Howell is not his “family,” but... (full context)
...after he first starts studying with Mr. Fields, Hiram goes to his lesson to find Howell there, saying, “It’s time.” He explains that he’s long recognized that Hiram had a “particular... (full context)
...who does not seem to task, though this is because she “belong[s]” to Nathaniel Walker, Howell’s brother. Every weekend Hiram drives Sophia to Nathaniel’s house, then picks her up to bring... (full context)
...in the water, still trying to save Maynard, who is drowning. When he next awakes, Howell is standing before him, sobbing. Howell tells Hiram that Maynard is dead, squeezing Hiram’s shoulder... (full context)
...his “days at Lockless [are] numbered.” Approving of the job Hiram did on the highboy, Howell sets him to work restoring more pieces of furniture. The documents of sale that accompany... (full context)
...over Lockless and thinks about the unknown adventure lying before him. He speaks briefly with Howell, who has assigned him to start working in the kitchen starting the next day, and... (full context)
...Hiram an apology. Raymond then admits that he knows where Sophia is: Lockless. Corrine persuaded Howell to take Sophia back. The Underground has not gone to rescue her yet because of... (full context)
...recognize any of the small number of enslaved workers laboring in the field. Hiram sees Howell sitting on the porch. He greets him politely and Howell embraces him, crying, repeating the... (full context)