A Separate Peace


John Knowles

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Mr. Prud’homme Character Analysis

Mr. Prud’homme is a substitute house master at Devon and is in charge of Gene and Finny’s building during the summer term. Because Mr. Prud’homme isn’t as strict or severe as the other masters, Finny finds it easy to charm the man and thereby avoid ever getting in trouble for his and Gene’s habitual shenanigans.
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Mr. Prud’homme Character Timeline in A Separate Peace

The timeline below shows where the character Mr. Prud’homme appears in A Separate Peace. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 2 
Friendship and Honesty Theme Icon
Mr. Prud’homme , a substitute teacher at Devon for the summer, comes to Finny and Gene’s room... (full context)
War and Rivalry Theme Icon
Change and Growing Up Theme Icon
Optimism, Idealization, and Denial Theme Icon
Intent upon trying to charm Mr. Prud’homme , Finny admits that the actual reason they missed dinner was because they had to... (full context)
Identity Theme Icon
Friendship and Honesty Theme Icon
...talking about the various updates he’s heard and speaking patriotically about what’s happening. Shortly after Mr. Prud’homme leaves his and Gene’s room, he puts on a pink shirt. This astounds Gene, who... (full context)
Chapter 6
Optimism, Idealization, and Denial Theme Icon
Friendship and Honesty Theme Icon
...the man in charge of his building. Mr. Ludsbury scolds him for taking advantage of Mr. Prud’homme over the summer and says that now things will return to order. He also tells... (full context)