Owen’s father and Mrs. Meany’s husband. Mr. Meany is from a working-class, Boston Irish family, and owns a granite quarry. He resents the private Gravesend Academy and is reluctant to send his son there. He firmly believes that his wife conceived Owen when she was a virgin, and when the Catholic churches in Massachusetts rejected them, they moved to New Hampshire and stopped going to church altogether. He eventually loses his son, his wife, and his quarry, and becomes a part-time meter reader for the electric company.
Mr. Meany Character Timeline in A Prayer for Owen Meany
The timeline below shows where the character Mr. Meany appears in A Prayer for Owen Meany. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1: The Foul Ball
...she’s allergic to dust. She also wears headphones to muffle the noise from the quarry. Mr. Meany runs the family’s errands and drives Owen to Sunday school. He doesn’t want Owen to... (full context)
Chapter 3: The Angel
...night, Owen declares that Dan shouldn’t be left alone with Tabitha’s dressmaking dummy, her double. Mr. Meany drives them over to the dormitory and Owen leaves his flashlight illuminating Tabitha’s grave, knowing... (full context)
Chapter 4: The Little Lord Jesus
Chapter 5: The Ghost of the Future
...error, bad acting, and characters going off-script. Owen sees his riveted parents in the crowd: Mr. Meany looks afraid of his son, while Mrs. Meany is overwhelmed with uncontrollable sobbing. (full context)
Chapter 6: The Voice
Chapter 9: The Shot
...At the Meanys’ house, Mrs. Meany stares into the dead ashes of the fireplace while Mr. Meany talks with John. He believes that the government has given them $50,000, while John knows... (full context)
...Congregational Church, performed by Merrill’s replacement. At Harriet’s old house, he was shocked to see Mr. Meany in the garden, reading the electric meter. His granite company was gone, and this was... (full context)