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A Prayer for Owen Meany

A Prayer for Owen Meany


by John Irving

Archibald Thorndike

Character Analysis

Archibald Thorndike is the headmaster of Gravesend Academy when John and Owen first start going to school there. He's kind of old and kooky. He really takes a shine to Owen and gives him privileges that other students don't get, like having the chance to interview candidates for the next headmaster position.