Grandma Wolf, one of the novel’s antagonists, is technically Tommo’s great aunt, but she likes to be called “Grandma” instead. Tommo, Charlie, and Big Joe, however, prefer to call her “Grandma Wolf,” because she reminds them of the wolf in Little Red Riding Hood, thanks to her vicious nature. She moves in briefly with the Peacefuls when the children are young, and is consistently cruel to them, killing Big Joe’s beloved pet mouse and making snide remarks about the boys’ mother, Mrs. Peaceful. Eventually she moves up to the estate, when the Colonel asks her to return as a live-in housekeeper. She had worked for the Colonel before, but had been fired by his wife when it was discovered that Grandma Wolf and the Colonel were actually having an affair. After the Colonel’s wife dies, she becomes the Colonel’s mistress again, and starts practically running the whole estate as a result, making everyone who works there miserable.
Grandma Wolf Character Timeline in Private Peaceful
The timeline below shows where the character Grandma Wolf appears in Private Peaceful. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 2: Twenty to Eleven
...the only relative the Peacefuls have is called on to help look after the children. Grandma Wolf moves into the cottage to look after the house and children. She is technically Mrs.... (full context)
Chapter 3: Nearly Quarter Past Eleven
Chapter 4: Ten to Midnight
Chapter 7: Twenty-Eight Minutes Past One
...brought together through their shared relief and joy. Even the Colonel and the “Wolfwoman” ( Grandma Wolf ) join in, and later give the Peacefuls a lift home in the Colonel’s Rolls... (full context)