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: 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.
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
Chapter 7: Twenty-Eight Minutes Past One