Runner

by

Robert Newton

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Mr. Peacock Character Analysis

Mr. Peacock is a timber yard worker who gives the Feehans scraps of firewood in exchange for Charlie raking the timber yard. He was a friend of Mr. Feehan, but after Mr. Feehan’s death, Mr. Peacock is able to act on his attraction to Mrs. Feehan. He refuses to give the Feehans the firewood they desperately need unless Mrs. Feehan agrees to do him sexual favors. She reluctantly accepts. Mr. Peacock also physically abuses Mrs. Feehan, and when Charlie witnesses this, he beats Mr. Peacock unconscious with a cricket bat. Mr. Peacock wants to press charges, but Squizzy Taylor intimidates him into letting the matter drop and leaving the Feehans alone.

Mr. Peacock Quotes in Runner

The Runner quotes below are all either spoken by Mr. Peacock or refer to Mr. Peacock. 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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Chapter 9 Quotes

I ran during the day and I ran at night. In fact, I ran so much that I didn’t bother changing into my father’s old boots anymore. Ma and I both had our secrets now […]. I avoided her as best I could, preferring to spend my time with Nostrils or Squizzy or Dolly. At least with them I didn’t have to pretend.

Related Symbols: Mr. Feehan’s Boots
Page Number: 65
Explanation and Analysis:

Reluctantly she swung my way, and it was then that I saw her battered face. I was shocked […]. I could not believe that the woman standing before me was the same one who’d brought me into this world––the one who’d cared for me all these years.

Related Characters: Charlie Feehan (speaker), Mrs. Feehan, Mr. Peacock, Squizzy Taylor
Page Number: 71
Explanation and Analysis:
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Mr. Peacock Character Timeline in Runner

The timeline below shows where the character Mr. Peacock appears in Runner. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 3
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Ambition Theme Icon
...eggs. He bids goodbye to his mother and goes to the timber yard to meet Mr. Peacock , who gives Charlie scraps of wood in exchange for Charlie raking the yard, as... (full context)
Chapter 5
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Mr. Peacock comes by the house after lunch the next day. Mrs. Feehan quickly makes herself presentable... (full context)
Chapter 7
Money, Class, and Community  Theme Icon
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...it is real—and all his. Charlie goes to the timber yard to get wood from Mr. Peacock , but Mr. Peacock refuses to give him any wood. He snaps at Charlie to... (full context)
Chapter 9
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...runs around town for an hour before returning home. When he comes inside, he sees Mr. Peacock kissing Mrs. Feehan’s neck as she cries. Charlie quietly goes to his room. That night... (full context)
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...cannot bring himself to look at his mother. He is ashamed that she would let Mr. Peacock kiss her only three months after Mr. Feehan’s death, and he believes she has no... (full context)
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One day Charlie returns home from work to find Mr. Peacock drunk and beating Mrs. Feehan. When he tries to intervene, Mr. Peacock knocks Charlie to... (full context)
Growing Up Theme Icon
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...off because Dolly has taken a liking to Charlie. He explains that Squizzy’s men stopped Mr. Peacock from pressing charges against Charlie, and Squizzy himself spoke to Mr. Peacock and intimidated him... (full context)
Chapter 10
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...Mrs. Feehan does not get back her smile. She won’t talk about the night with Mr. Peacock . She also won’t admit that it affected her, but the effects of the trauma... (full context)
Chapter 11
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...on Saturday morning for wood, bringing Nostrils with him for support. They pass a bandaged Mr. Peacock , and Charlie pretends not to know what happened to him. Nostrils and Charlie load... (full context)