Little Fires Everywhere

by

Celeste Ng

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Mrs. Peters Character Analysis

The orchestra teacher at the Richardson’s school. Her alcoholism and the hangovers with which she shows up to class are an open secret, and she is cruel to several of her students, most pointedly Deja Johnson. Izzy, with the help of her siblings, pulls a massive prank which results in teachers throughout the school being locked out of their classrooms as well as the faculty bathrooms and lounge; Mrs. Peters, unable to access a bathroom but having spent the morning drinking coffee in an attempt to cure her hangover, urinates all over the floor of one of the student bathrooms, becoming the subject of the whole school’s ridicule.

Mrs. Peters Quotes in Little Fires Everywhere

The Little Fires Everywhere quotes below are all either spoken by Mrs. Peters or refer to Mrs. Peters. 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:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Penguin Books edition of Little Fires Everywhere published in 2017.
Chapter 7 Quotes

“Well?” said Mia. “What are you going to do about it?”
It was not a question Izzy had been asked before. Until now her life had been one of mute, futile fury. What was she going to do about it? The very idea that she could do something stunned her.

Related Characters: Mia Warren (speaker), Izzy Richardson (speaker), Mrs. Peters, Deja Johnson
Page Number: 79
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Mrs. Peters Character Timeline in Little Fires Everywhere

The timeline below shows where the character Mrs. Peters appears in Little Fires Everywhere. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 7
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Altruism and Manipulation Theme Icon
Identity: Heritage, Assimilation, and Transience Theme Icon
...piece of toast and listens. The mean, alcoholic orchestra teacher at the Richardson children’s school, Mrs. Peters , made racist remarks to one of Izzy’s kindest classmates, Deja Johnson, when she was... (full context)
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Altruism and Manipulation Theme Icon
Mothers and Daughters Theme Icon
...experience of a fourteen-year-old living in the suburban Midwest,” reveals her plan to toilet paper Mrs. Peters ’s house. However, Moody, Pearl, and Mia advise against it. Mia recalls a student at... (full context)
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...delight and confusion overtake the hallways. While the school’s janitor makes his way through repairs, Mrs. Peters , hung over and chugging a large thermos of coffee, becomes increasingly agitated by her... (full context)
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Altruism and Manipulation Theme Icon
Mothers and Daughters Theme Icon
Identity: Heritage, Assimilation, and Transience Theme Icon
...toothpicks are banned from school, and Izzy and Deja experience a moment of silent solidarity— Mrs. Peters now leaves Deja alone. The prank’s largest side effect, though, is Izzy’s respect for and... (full context)