Mr. Munnings is Tommo and Charlie’s school teacher, who is very strict and has “raging tempers.” On Tommo’s first day of school, Mr. Munnings tells Tommo that he is now his “lord and master.” His inflated sense of his own self-importance and his love of punishment makes him similar to the character of Sergeant Hanley later in the novel. One day, Munnings gives Charlie the cane for defending Tommo in a fight on the playground. Charlie is silent as he is struck, and Tommo is amazed at this show of bravery against the wrath of Munnings. Tommo is later inspired by Charlie’s courage when Munnings strikes Tommo for bringing humbugs to school. Tommo, too takes his punishment with great dignity. Mr. Munnings thus in a way teaches Charlie and Tommo how to courageously deal with a cruel superior.
Mr. Munnings Quotes in Private Peaceful
The Private Peaceful quotes below are all either spoken by Mr. Munnings or refer to Mr. Munnings . 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.
Mr. Munnings Character Timeline in Private Peaceful
The timeline below shows where the character Mr. Munnings appears in Private Peaceful. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1: Five Past Ten
Chapter 2: Twenty to Eleven
...the fight, but Charlie swoops in and grabs Jimmy Parsons and starts fighting him instead. Mr. Munnings finds Charlie and Jimmy fighting and orders them both “six strokes” of the cane. Everyone... (full context)
Chapter 4: Ten to Midnight
Chapter 13: One Minute to Six