Private Peaceful

by

Michael Morpurgo

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A boy from the village who ends up in Tommo and Charlie’s company in the war. He was a thatcher at home, and a great fan of drinking cider. He is a loyal friend and soldier. Pete doesn’t receive letters from his own family, because they don’t know how write, so he asks Tommo is he can read his out for him instead. Eventually Pete goes missing in action when attacking a German trench, under Sergeant Hanley’s suicidal orders.

Pete Bovey Quotes in Private Peaceful

The Private Peaceful quotes below are all either spoken by Pete Bovey or refer to Pete Bovey. 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 HarperCollins edition of Private Peaceful published in 2003.
Chapter 9 Quotes

We had a brew up with our prisoner in the dugout before they came for him. He smoked a cigarette Pete had given him. He’d stopped shaking now, but his eyes still held their fear. We had nothing to say to one another until the moment he got up to leave. “Danke,” he said. “Danke sehr.”

“Funny that,” Nipper said when he’d gone. “Seeing him standing there with not a stitch on. Take off our uniforms and you can hardly tell the difference, can you? Not a bad bloke, for a Fritz that is.”

Related Characters: Thomas “Tommo” Peaceful (speaker), Nipper Martin , Pete Bovey
Page Number: 137-138
Explanation and Analysis:
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Pete Bovey Character Timeline in Private Peaceful

The timeline below shows where the character Pete Bovey appears in Private Peaceful. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 8: Fourteen Minutes Past Two
The Injustice of War Theme Icon
...familiar faces from their village: Nipper Martin (a “little fellow” who was a turnip farmer), Pete Bovey (a well-built thatcher and avid cider drinker), and Les James (a rat-catcher). They have... (full context)
Chapter 9: A Minute Past Three
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Tommo’s turn for patrol comes, and he is slated to go with Charlie, Nipper Martin, Pete, Little Les, and Captain “Wilkie” Wilkes. Tommo finds he is “not so much frightened as... (full context)
Chapter 10: Twenty-Five Past Three
The Injustice of War Theme Icon
Cruelty and Power Theme Icon
When he arrives back at camp, Tommo’s good mood is shattered when Pete tells him that their new sergeant will be Sergeant Hanley. When Hanley arrives, every day... (full context)
Chapter 11: Nearly Four O’Clock
The Injustice of War Theme Icon
Courage Theme Icon
Tommo returns to camp to find Pete alone in the tent. He, too, was very lucky in the attack. Pete gives Tommo... (full context)
Chapter 12: Five to Five
The Injustice of War Theme Icon
Courage Theme Icon
Cruelty and Power Theme Icon
Pete tells everyone that the Germans have got them completely surrounded, and that “all hell’s broken... (full context)
The Injustice of War Theme Icon
Courage Theme Icon
Cruelty and Power Theme Icon
...and orders the men to leave the dugout. Unwillingly, each man goes over the top. Pete tries to convince Charlie to join them, but Charlie says that he meant what he... (full context)