Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children Chapters 4-6 Summary & Analysis

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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children Chapters 4-6 Summary & Analysis

Chapter 4 Summary

Jacob meets his dad back at the pub, where his dad is working on his laptop. His dad asks about the house, and Jacob tells him that it is trashed and that no one has lived there in a while. His dad confesses that he used to be interested in Abraham, but after some time, he wasn’t interested anymore. Jacob’s dad explains that Abraham wasn’t much of a father—he was always away on trips. One story, accompanied by a picture, demonstrates the abandonment Jacob’s father felt.One Halloween,Jacob’s dad, dressed as a bunny, was ready to go trick-or-treating. He waited for Abraham and Abraham never showed up. He confides: “I never dug too deep with your grandpa because I was afraid of what I’d find.” One reason for this fear was his dad and grandmother’s suspicion of the existence of another woman who motivated Abraham to leave the house so often.

Jacob balks at the accusation, and his dad accuses him of worshipping Abraham. Jacob can’t imagine his grandfather being anything but honorable, so he rushes out of the pub: “I slammed out of the Priest Hole and started walking, heading nowhere in particular. Sometimes you just need to go through a door.” He heads to the island’s museum and approaches a case containing what he initially thinks is a monster. Instead, inside the case is a shrunken body. The curator, Martin, approaches Jacob and explains that it is the body of a 16-year-old boy that was found in a bog on the island and is 2700 years old. The islanders call the body, the “old man.” Martin explains that the boy’s people believed bogs “were entrances to the world of the gods.”

Jacob asks about the children’s home, and Martin explains that the house was bombed during the Second World War. Martin offers to bring Jacob to his Uncle Oggie, who lived on the island during the war and would know more about the bombing. Oggie tells a story about the bombings, which happened on September 3, 1940. Jacob realizes this was one of the clues his grandfather gave…

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