Private Peaceful


Michael Morpurgo

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Jimmy Parsons Character Analysis

Tommo and Charlie know Jimmy Parsons from school, where Jimmy was always a bully. As a child, he once taunted Big Joe, and both Charlie and Tommo attempted to fight him for it. Mr. Munnings then gave Jimmy and Charlie the cane for fighting. Jimmy cried out “Ow, sir!” as he was punished, whereas Charlie endured his punishment in silence. Jimmy is the first character mentioned who signs up for the war, and Tommo claims that he Jimmy only enlisted in an effort to “show off.” At the end of the novel it is revealed that he has died in battle.

Jimmy Parsons Quotes in Private Peaceful

The Private Peaceful quotes below are all either spoken by Jimmy Parsons or refer to Jimmy Parsons. 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:
The Injustice of War Theme Icon
). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the HarperCollins edition of Private Peaceful published in 2003.
Chapter 2 Quotes

Big Jimmy gets it first, and he keeps crying out: “Ow, sir! Ow, sir! Ow, sir!” But when it’s Charlie’s turn, all we hear are the whacks, and then the silences in between. I am so proud of him for that. I have the bravest brother in the world.

Related Characters: Thomas “Tommo” Peaceful (speaker), Jimmy Parsons (speaker), Charlie Peaceful , Mr. Munnings
Page Number: 20
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Jimmy Parsons Character Timeline in Private Peaceful

The timeline below shows where the character Jimmy Parsons appears in Private Peaceful. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 2: Twenty to Eleven
Courage Theme Icon
Cruelty and Power Theme Icon
Back at school, a boy named Jimmy Parsons has just insulted Big Joe in front of Tommo, for which Tommo has tried to... (full context)
Chapter 7: Twenty-Eight Minutes Past One
The Injustice of War Theme Icon
Courage Theme Icon
When the display is over, Jimmy Parsons , the bully from Tommo’s school days, goes up to enlist. Others follow him. Suddenly... (full context)