Boy grows from being a petulant and irresponsible young boy to an ambitious and egotistic man. He is a genius with finance and manages to avoid failure during the Great Depression. He receives honors in WWI, marries his childhood sweetheart, Leola, with whom he has two children, and is all but a celebrity. But despite all of this good fortune he is unhappy. He carries on multiple affairs, and is completely unfazed when Leola discovers this. After Leola dies, he marries another woman named Denyse, who helps him to a rocky but ultimately successful career in politics. Even this is not enough to make Boy happy, and he remains unfulfilled. Though he threw the snowball that injured Mrs. Dempster, he has no memory of their family at all. Boy dies in an apparent car wreck with the stone from the snowball in his mouth—he is most likely killed by Paul.
Boy (Percy Boyd) Staunton Quotes in Fifth Business
The Fifth Business quotes below are all either spoken by Boy (Percy Boyd) Staunton or refer to Boy (Percy Boyd) Staunton. 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 Penguin Classics edition of Fifth Business published in 2001.).
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Boy had always been fond of the sexual pleasure that women could give him, but I doubt if he ever knew much about women as people.
Boy (Percy Boyd) Staunton Character Timeline in Fifth Business
The timeline below shows where the character Boy (Percy Boyd) Staunton appears in Fifth Business. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 1: “Mrs. Dempster”
...Baptist, Presbyterian, Methodist, and Roman Catholic. There are two doctors, Dr. McCausland and Dr. Staunton, Percy’s father. The village was built by the Athelstan family, who made their fortune in lumber... (full context)
...words, and is able to defend himself against taunts. He has an insult saved for Percy should Percy ever give him any trouble: Mrs. Staunton calls her son “Pidgy Boy-Boy”—this would... (full context)
Part 2: “I Am Born Again”
Part 3: “My Fool-Saint”
Part 4: “Gyges and King Candaules”
Part 5: “Liesl”
...a “matter of duty.” Everyone in Deptford mourns the end of a “great romance” between Boy and Leola. But things move on fairly quickly. The Headmaster of Colborne College leaves his... (full context)
Part 6: “The Soirée of Illusions”
...finds interests of this sort repulsive, and Dunstan is no longer invited into their home. Boy smoothes things over by occasionally asking Dunstan to lunch with him at his club. During... (full context)