A Separate Peace

Mr. Ludsbury Character Analysis

Mr. Ludsbury is the house master of Finny and Gene’s dorm during the regular academic calendar. A stern disciplinarian, Mr. Ludsbury works long and hard to maintain order and despises the lax environment that the substitute masters, Mr. Patch-Withers and Mr. Prud’homme, allowed to develop during the summer session. Despite his severity, though, he has such faith that the students will follow his orders that Gene and Finny find it easy to defy his orders, simply failing to do what he tells them and getting away with it because he doesn’t check to see if they’ve complied.
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Mr. Ludsbury Character Timeline in A Separate Peace

The timeline below shows where the character Mr. Ludsbury appears in A Separate Peace. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 6
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...really did it for himself. On his way back to the dorm, he runs into Mr. Ludsbury , the man in charge of his building. Mr. Ludsbury scolds him for taking advantage... (full context)
Chapter 8
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On their way back to the dorms after a successful morning of training, Mr. Ludsbury stops Gene and Finny and asks them what they’re doing. When Finny tells him that... (full context)