Friar Edwin Leahy is the young, driven headmaster of St. Benedict’s Prep at the time when Robert Peace is a student there. He’s instrumental in motivating Robert to do great things at a high school student, and it’s likely that, had Leahy not spoken to Charles Crawley, Robert would never have been able to go to Yale. In many ways, Leahy is the character in the book who most resembles Jackie Peace: they’re both hardworking, selfless people who try to help the people they love, and then experience the heartbreak of seeing those people ruin their lives.
Friar Edwin Leahy Character Timeline in The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace
The timeline below shows where the character Friar Edwin Leahy appears in The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...became predominately black. During Robert’s time at St. Benedict’s, the headmaster is a twenty-four-year-old named Friar Edwin Leahy . Leahy believes that he has a duty to provide a good education for working-class... (full context)
...Robert gives the keynote address for the evening, and Cawley is struck by Robert’s confidence. Friar Leahy informs him that Robert carried a near-perfect GPA, got up at forty-thirty every morning to... (full context)
...his college expenses, “no questions asked.” Robert is so overcome that he begins to cry. Friar Leahy later informs him that Cawley has never made an offer like this in the twenty-five... (full context)