The headmaster of Gravesend Academy during John Wheelwright and Owen Meany’s first two years of high school. “Thorny” is a classic “old-school” headmaster beloved by the student body. He believes in educating “the whole boy,” and values both sports and intellect highly. He respects and defends Owen, who nonetheless believes the headmaster to be a fool.
Archibald Thorndike Character Timeline in A Prayer for Owen Meany
The timeline below shows where the character Archibald Thorndike appears in A Prayer for Owen Meany. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 6: The Voice
...little fella” and saying that he “wouldn’t miss reading The Voice—not for all the world!” “Thorny” is an old-school type who believes in “the whole boy,” and believes that well-educated men... (full context)
Chapter 7: The Dream
...the whole spring term. The Executive Committee “crucified” Owen, according to John. He is expelled. Old Archibald Thorndike publicly condemns the decision, as well as “the Gestapo methods” of confiscating the students’ wallets.... (full context)