An old and bitter man who drinks heavily and tells Jim that, if he himself were younger, he would join the military so that he could fight in World War I. This, Jim thinks, is the old man’s way of saying that he thinks Jim should sacrifice himself like his contemporaries have and enlist. Jim believes that his father wants to be able to say that he lost his son in the war so that he can feel as if he too has done something important. Sure enough, after Jim dies, his father tells Miss Harcourt, in an almost accusatory tone, “I lost my boy.”
Jim’s Father Character Timeline in Fly Away Peter
The timeline below shows where the character Jim’s Father appears in Fly Away Peter. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.