The Wars

The Wars


Timothy Findley

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Peggy Ross Character Analysis

The third child of Mr. Ross and Mrs. Ross and the sister of Robert, Rowena, and Stuart Ross. Peggy is a popular young woman who has many boyfriends. She dates Clinton Brown from Harvard before he is killed in World War I. Peggy cherishes Robert’s letters while he is at war, but, like Mrs. Ross and Stuart, disowns him after the incident with Captain Leather and the horses brands him as a traitor.

Peggy Ross Quotes in The Wars

The The Wars quotes below are all either spoken by Peggy Ross or refer to Peggy Ross. 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:
Trauma and War Theme Icon
). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Penguin Australia edition of The Wars published in 1995.
Part 1, Chapter 21 Quotes

Oddly, too, he didn’t feel like sending love to anyone. It seemed unmanly. What he did do was enclose a photograph (official) and say to his father: “This will show you that my draft makes a brawling, husky lot of men. Not quite gunners or drivers yet—just as I can’t quite feel that I am a soldier myself.”

Related Characters: Robert Ross (speaker), Mr. Thomas Ross, Peggy Ross, Clifford Purchas
Page Number: 51
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Peggy Ross Character Timeline in The Wars

The timeline below shows where the character Peggy Ross appears in The Wars. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 1, Chapter 3
Loss of Innocence Theme Icon
Honor, Duty, and Heroism Theme Icon photos. The snapshots feature Robert, his parents Thomas and Mrs. Ross, and his siblings Peggy, Stuart, and Rowena. The Rosses were a wealthy family who upheld a charitable public image... (full context)
Part 1, Chapter 9
Trauma and War Theme Icon
Honor, Duty, and Heroism Theme Icon
At Rowena’s funeral the following Thursday, Tom and Mrs. Ross are stoic. Peggy’s boyfriend, Clinton Brown, is there in his soldier’s uniform, and Robert thinks that it must... (full context)
Part 1, Chapter 21
Trauma and War Theme Icon
Loss of Innocence Theme Icon
Honor, Duty, and Heroism Theme Icon
...gotten him was the wrong one. Clifford suggests that Robert should “send his love” to Peggy, but Robert feels that this would be “unmanly.” Instead, he describes the toughness of his... (full context)
Part 1, Chapter 30
Trauma and War Theme Icon
From his post in Europe, Robert writes formal letters to Tom, Mrs. Ross, Peggy, Stuart, and even the family’s dog, Bimbo. The letters are laid in a velvet box... (full context)
Part 5, Chapter 9
Trauma and War Theme Icon
Honor, Duty, and Heroism Theme Icon
...and wanders around the house, crying out in a drunken stupor. Miss Davenport, Mr. Ross, Peggy, and Stuart are alarmed by her behavior. Stuart does not wish Robert ill, but is... (full context)